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Last night was the first synchronous meeting of the Instructional Design Certificate that I developed and am facilitating with UNC Charlotte. My greatest takeaway? Instructional designers are passionate. Going into the meeting I was a little nervous. I didn’t really know what to expect and didn’t know how all of the participants would be feeling. […]

Instructional Designers are Passionate

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It is always interesting bringing the perspective as an instructional designer, a professor, and a student to online learning. It has led me to a love/hate relationship with discussion boards. As an instructional designer, I recognize the need to incorporate student-to-student interactions to help build an online community of learners. As a professor, I witness […]

Not Another Discussion Board

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As professors, teachers, instructors, facilitators, etc. we often get caught up in this idea that we know what is best for our students. We draw upon our own experiences and perspectives to make curriculum decisions. We choose skills to focus on, content delivery methods, and assessments that align with how we were taught or how […]

The Power of Student Choice

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This month’s #LDxIDchat was all about access. We had great conversations discussing what access looks like for us at each of our different institutions. Check out the recap below! Q1: How do you define access at your institution and in your work? Q3: What is a challenge you face while attempting to teach others about […]

#LDxIDchat August 2022 Recap

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Earlier this month I had the opportunity to present at the 7th Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) 2021 on my dissertation research. The entire conference took place in a virtual world hosted by Virbela. Participants were able to create an avatar, walk around the virtual conference world, attend sessions, talk […]

Reflecting on the iLRN 2021 Virtual Conference

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As an instructional designer, part of my job is creating engaging learning activities.  This might sound like the easiest thing in the world, but it isn’t.  In fact, there are many steps before even beginning to create the learning activity. First, you have to think about why this is important.  How will this learning activity […]

Creating Learning Activities Using TPACK

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Recently, my book club decided on reading Nerve by Jeanne Ryan.  I was really excited to read it (especially because a movie recently came out with Dave Franco). Overall, the story was pretty good.  The beginning was a little slow, but the middle of the book was extremely engaging.  It was one of those books […]

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