Instructional Design Blog Posts

Quantifying Creativity: A Left-Brain Approach to Learning Objectives

Lately I have been thinking more about how to present and explain, in a different way, something that is very close to my instructional designer heart—the process of writing learning objectives (a subject about which I have written a couple of times in this blog).

Tips for Effective Collaboration with Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are critical members of any course design team. The question is: how can you, as the designer, best partner with the SME to create an effective learning experience for students?

How Much Work to Assign in our Courses?

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No matter what type of course we are designing, we have to keep in mind how much time we are expecting learners to spend. When thinking about time expectations, there are a number of things to consider, beginning with the expectation set by those who are asking for the course or training module.

Graduate Assistant Experience at the Institute - An Interview with Amie Tope

Dr. Yi Yang and Amie Tope at graduation

During this interview, Amie talks about her experience working as a graduate assistant for the International Institute for Innovative Instruction (the Institute), and offers suggestions for future graduate assistants.  

Bridging Learners and Clients: Challenges and Strategies

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Integrating clients into the curriculum is promising and potentially innovative.  A client-based course emphasizes a pedagogical orientation to gain real-word experience through meeting the “expressed needs” from the outside of the classroom.

Do You Apply Learning Theories to Your Online Course?

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Technology is a tool for instruction. However, whether or not we use technology in instruction, sound learning theories such as constructivism and Vygotsky’s social cognition should be embedded in online learning to facilitate effective learning and teaching.

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Getting Stuff Done

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Every day you look at that pile of work on your desk or the 500 emails that you need to respond to and you wonder how you’ll get through it. When you look at the totality of the things you need to accomplish it can sometimes feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

What International Teaching Has Taught Me About Instructional Design

Dr. Hyatt standing next to a Chinese lion sculpture in Beijing, China

Since 2010, I have visited Kosovo, Croatia, China, and the United Arab Emirates multiple times for the sole mission of teaching executive-style, graduate-level classes. These experiences have made me a better faculty member, but more importantly, they have made me a better instructional designer and leader of instructional design projects.

Applying Project Management Strategies in a Large Curriculum Conversion Project in Higher Education

A word cloud in the shape of a lightbulb. The largest word is ideas, and smaller words include goal, solution, and strategy, to name a few.

Members of the i4 team share their experiences working with organizational culture, collaborating with busy faculty, and hiring part-time designers and content experts. Finally, they share their best practices for managing and leading large, multi-course instructional design projects.

Mind Maps Allow Our Students to Paint a Picture!

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In our classrooms today, one way we can visually display information and paint a picture is by using mind maps (also called concept maps).