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Instructional Design Specialist
Troy University eCampus
The IDxchange has been created for discussing useful Instructional Design (ID) development tools. The members who post to this blog, are doing so by invitation only.
Have a great day!
Instructional Design Specialist
Troy University eCampus
Please, if there is anyone in this group who has a photo which doesn't make me look like a slobbering twit, please send it to me and I will be happy to post. I would like to post ANY photo of members of this group. My only request is that a photo be taken at a Capella Colloquia.
It’s always a good idea to be reminded of the competencies that make us effective Instructional Designers.
1. Perform a needs assessment/analysis
2. Plan and monitor training projects
3. Assess the relevant characteristics of the target audience
4. Assess the relevant characteristics of the setting
5. Perform job, task, and/or content analysis
6. Write criterion-referenced, performance-based objectives
7. Select instructional media
8. Recommend instructional strategies
9. Develop performance measurement instruments
10. Develop training program materials
11. Prepare end-users for implementation of courseware materials
12. Evaluate instruction, program, and process
13. Demonstrate an ability to grasp technical content
14. Communicate effectively by visual, oral, and written form
with individuals, small group, and in front of large
15. Interact effectively with other people
16. Demonstrate good work habits
Retrieved on June 24, 2005 from
Not that I claim to be informed about everything … that would be an impossible task … but, I am not sure how this article got by my radar. This article is a nice description of where ID is heading as a profession. Here is the abstract for your consideration.
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) professionals practice their skills in a broad range of career environments and job roles. The resulting collection of competency lists and wide range of practice environments, coupled with the frequent changes that have always characterized the field, produce complexity that is difficult to communicate to IDT students. However, students need to understand these complex aspects of the field so that they can make informed decisions about their career goals and educational direction. This review of the current literature looks at the current issues impacting practice and preparation. It concludes that the path professional academic preparation programs choose will depend on their orientation to instructional design and performance improvement, and whether they see themselves as preparing students for specific career environments or are pursuing a generalist program
Larson, Miriam B. & Lockee, Barbara B. (2004). Instructional Design Practice: Career Environments, Job Roles, and a Climate of Change. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 17(1), 22-40
Whether you have access to a commercial CMS like Blackboard or WebCT, it is always a good idea to get experience working with other sites.
cost - free
site - Claroline.net
The reason that I am sharing this resource here is that after learning and using this resource I believe it represents where higher education (in particular) is heading with online instructional design. You can create a free account and immediately start building modules. Modules are the building blocks for courses. The idea is that “less is more.”
In order to be productive, you will need an XML editor. The site recommends the FREE version from Altova called Authentic. If anyone is interested in learning more or collaborating on building a few modules, create your free account and contact a colleague to coordinate your information sharing.
cost – free
site – Connexions
Cith this blog entry:
Penrose, David M. (2005, June 19). Building Learning Objects. Message posted to http://idxchange.blogspot.com
Bleed, R. (2005). Overcoming the Biggest Barrier to Student Success. Campus Technology. 18(10).
Mitrano, T. (2005). The Internet, the Pope, and the iPod. Campus Technology. 18(10).
Shimabukuro, J. (2005). Freedom and Empowerment: An Essay on the Next Step for Education and Technology. Innovate. 1(5)
Wijekumar, K. (2005). Creating Effective Web-Based Learning Environments: Relevant Research and Practice. Innovate. 1(5)
Evangelista, Benny. (2005, June 13). Testing out disposable camcorder: S.F. firm makes it easy to e-mail clips made on tiny device. San Francisco Chronicle, E-1. Retrieved on June 14, 2005 from here
I wish I had authored this blog posting but I didn’t. The credit for this one goes to Jason Fried. In this post he talks about how we find a little thing called “productivity” in our “alone zone.” Here is a teaser from his positng.
Getting in the zone takes time which is why interruption is your enemy. It’s like REM sleep – you don’t just go to REM sleep, you go to sleep first and you make you way towards REM. Any interruptions force you to start over. REM is where the real sleep magic happens. The alone time zone is where the real productivity happens.
Cite this blog entry:
Fried, Jason. (2005, June 14). Getting Real: The alone time zone. Messages posted to http://37signals.com.
cost - free
site - Absolute Sound Effects Archive
U.S. ONLINE AUDIENCE STARING TO LOOK MORE LIKE AMERICADavid
A study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press indicates that the online audience is rapidly changing from an elite computer-savvy group comprised of young, well-educated and affluent males to a more mainstream American group, with middle-aged and middle-income people of both sexes coming to the Internet in increased numbers, as are people with less formal education. Although the 74 million Internet users in the U.S. are still younger, better-educated and more affluent than the population at large, 40% of Internet newcomers never attended college and 23% have household incomes below $30,000 a year. (AP 14 Jan 99)
Especially important is the idea of creating RLO (reusable learning objects). It is the idea of RLO and repositories like the one at rice.edu that offers great promise for our community of practice.
Imagine that I develop a screencast with script and original program file. In my case, I actually embed the script into the Captivate document and zip my files so that any of my interested colleagues can add their narration. The good news is that an SME (subject matter expert) and ID (instructional designer) have already refined the presentation and content. The better news? Using orinatl Captivate files, anyone can customize it with their voice.
Screencasting, podcasting, vodcasting … what is next?
Connexions is a rapidly growing collection of free scholarly materials and a powerful set of free software tools to help
- authors publish and collaborate
- instructors rapidly build and share custom courses
- learners explore the links among concepts, courses, and disciplines.
Our Content Commons contains small "knowledge chunks" we call modules that connect into courses. Thanks to a , anyone can take our materials, adapt them to meet their needs, and contribute them back to the Commons. And everyone is invited to participate!
You just have to check this one out!!!
I prefer the CD/MP3 Player. I have an inexpensive ($25) audio appliance that has unlimited storage capacity. The player will recognise both regular size and mini CDs. The disadvantage is the size. My portable player will not fit in my shirt pocket or hang from a chord around my neck.Also, I have to take my CDs with me. Other than some minor inconveniences and CDs laying around everywhere, it is inexpensive and versatile. Perhaps, one day soon we will be able to buy a portable Mini CD/MP3 player that recognises MP3 files on a Mini DVD-RW disc!
You don’t want to blog, but you would like to create an RSS (news) feed. The benefits of using RSS includes your being able to keep individuals posted of the latest information evolving from your work. Specifically, you push the information to them that you want them to know. Now, for educational purposes you are going to hear more about RSS and OPML. Where RSS is a single newsfeed, OPML is a library of feeds.
I found a great FREE program for creating your RSS feed and saving it as an .rss file. You can even use the program to upload the file to your website. The program is called RSSBuilder and is as good as any commercial software (in terms of functionality) that I have used.
cost – free
site – home.hetnet.nl/~bsoft/rssbuilder
Anyone out there looking on a good article related to the use of blogs in academia? Here is a teaser taken directly from Shola Adenekan’s article …
“Blogs are giving departments, staff and students the freedom and informality of tone impossible in scholarly journals or even the student newspaper. Blogging lecturers say the technology provides them with easy online web access to students and improves communication outside of the classroom.”
Well, since this field of study is new to me … I thought that I would compile a list of journals contained in the first 100 entries of an EBSCO Host search on the keywords “Instructional Design.” I simply wrote down the name of the journals that I thought I would scan periodically (no punn intended) for articles that I save and cite later.
My humble list (6/9/2005)
I was wondering if anyone has tried this idea out.
In my experience in working with techno-phobic (as compared to techno-philic) faculty, it seems that many do not have the time or the resources to experiment with instructional technology. This has caused me to consider the role that “play” in desensitizing individuals and groups to trying something unfamiliar.
If play is the context where individuals can experiment without the threat of evaluation, then might the need for “technology play therapy” be indicated? What if IDOLers set up “play grounds” or “play rooms” for faculty so that they could experiment with techie toys without worrying about the cost or something getting broke. How many worried about the ball breaking if you threw it too hard? I believe that play is the proper context for learning the limits and the limitations of technology.
The idea of having something different each week could attract the same individuals or appeal to a new set of individuals each week. I will solicit hardware and software companies to contribute their product for us to play with! It sure sounds viable.
I am offering Power Lunch Thursdays where we talk about innovations, but I was thinking I would call this Recess Time. What do y’all think?
p.s., While I am not thinking about doing this for my Dissertation, I am interested in learning what factors contribute to faculty using innovative instructional technologies in their teaching.
cite this blog entry:
Penrose, David M. (2005, June 10). IDOL for Play. Message posted at http://idxchange.blogspot.com
Be pithy or be verbose, it doesn’t matter. It would be nice, now that the Quarter is wrapping up, to learn more about the students that make up this eclectic bunch.
I know that there are a couple in our group that will be moving in to the Dissertation phase in the near future. I would enjoy reading about their struggles and successes. It might even help to get the honest (but tempered with kindness) feedback of peers.
Is it obvious that I consider myself a ‘social constructivist’ and a adherent of Vygotsky? I hope so!
If your a newbie to SLR (like I am), then you might find these citations informative.
McManus, Thomas F. (1996). Self-Regulated Learning in a Web Based Learning Environment. Retrieved on June 9, 2005 from http://www.edb.utexas.edu/mmresearch/Students96/McManus/
Whipp, Joan L. and Chiarelli, Stephannie. (2004). Self-Regulation in a Web-Based Course: A Case Study. ERT&D, 52(4), 5–22
Wegner, Scott B., Holloway, Ken C., and Garton, Edwin M. (1999). The effects of Internet-based instruction on student learning. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 3(2), 98–106
For those that haven't looked into social bookmarking yet, give Furl a try!
(or de.lic.ious, but I'm having great hits with my Furl shared bookmark community)
Not only is it fast and easy for me to keep all my bookmarks in my Furl Web space (eliminating searching 3 machines and multliple browsers) but the recommendations based on who also bookmarked certain sites has lead me to treasures out there.
Furl site: http://www.furl.net/index.jsp
ELI take on social bookmarking: http://www.educause.edu/LibraryDetailPage/666?ID=ELI7001
PS to Carlos and David: thanks for carrying the IDOLers along (at the end of a semester!). You guys are great.
PPS to Carlos: I signed up for the Breeze trial. Now if only I could find time to read the free e-learning book ;)
Capella PhD student in IDOL
You have heard me praising InstaColl … which I still recommend for 1:1 collaboration projects. However, InstaColl lacks the ummmmph of a program which can allow multiple users to be connected at the same time (like Jybe) BUT MoonEdit allows for multiple user editing and tracking. Specifically, everyone’s changes/contributions are given a different color.
Now, is that awesome or what? So, could it get any better than that? Did I mention it’s FREE and is available in Windows/Linux/FreeBSD(OS X) flavors. As you are thinking of wrapping up your courses and either preparing for the Summer Quarter or looking for a tool to help you as you start working on your Dissertation … Remember MoonEdit.
cost – free
site – www.moonedit.com
Actually I want to share the URL for a cool comic strip about being a Ph.D. student. If it weren’t for this one and Pearls Before Swine … I would probably be more dangerous than a disgruntled letter carrier (postal worker).
All kidding aside, don’t forget that these courses are hard for everyone and we could each use all the encouragement that we can get.
site URL – http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/comics.php
If your institution is a member of Educause, you can create a personal account and setup a blog. The reason that I mention that here is that in addition to text posting, you can even upload attachments to their server. Do you know what that means? Yeppers, it means PODCASTING for free! I am all for that. Also, at the time of this posting, there were only 67 bloggers in total on their system. Now is your chance to be an early adopter. I have setup a blog … of course … at least for now I am doing some double posting. The best part is that they a) list your posting in the most recent posts section of their site as well as on the default blog home page and b) make your posting fully searchable. If any of you know fellow IDOLer Colleen Carmean (ID @ Arizona State University), you should go check out her blog (http://blog.educause.edu/carmean)
cite this blog entry:
Penrose, David M. (2005, June 8). The few, the proud … bloggermania? Message posted to http://idxchange.blogspot.com
There are four basic steps to creating a Podcast.
It is a good idea to compose your podcast and use that as the manuscript for your presentation. I strongly suggest that you write in a conversational manner and not as you might a scholarly paper. The idea is that once recorded you can then post your transcript along with the link to your recording online for your audience to enjoy. If you don’t have a website to publish to, then create a free account at blogger.com.
You have heard about Audacity? This free program is more than adequate for recording your podcast. Remember that you want to save the file in MP3 format. To do this you will need the Lame-3.96.1 drivers to export your recording as an MP3. These free tools are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Corey Deitz, of About.com, has written a great step-by-step tutorial explaining the process for recording and saving a podcast. I suggest that you download the tutorial Audacity 1.2 Tutorial which covers in detail how to use the program.
Up until today, when I found this awesome and kool utility, was I unsure how to encourage podcasters to publish their programs. Typically, you needed to find a site on the internet where you could store files and then link to those files in your podcast or RSS feed. When I discovered CCpublisher all of that changed.
CreativeCommons is THE open source online copyright resource. CCpublisher is a utility that serves two purposes. First, it allows you to easily upload to Internet Archive, where your podcasts or vidcasts can be stored and indexed for free. Second, it creates a metadata file which includes the important information about your copyright based upon your specified permissions. Publishing your podcast now means it is hosted on the internet where anyone can access it and it has a copyright attached to the file.
Long gone are the days of “post it and they will come.” There are just too many places for people to get lost on the Internet. The chances of finding your podcast are SLIM to NONE unless you promote it. By promoting, I mean, linking to your podcast (that is hosted with Internet Archive) and listing it on your blog. If you follow my advice and publish your transcript in a blog, then you will ONLY need to promote the URL to your blog.
In an earlier posting, I mentioned the format for citing a blog entry using the APA writing style. It would be a good idea to provide that citation at the end of your transcript, so that interested students or scholars will know how to correctly cite your podcast as a source.
Don’t forget that there are an increasing number of sites that will list your podcast in their directory. This is important since many of them publish additions/changes through RSS feeds to interested subscribers. This is FREE advertisement, so remember to thank them for listing you.
So, what are YOU waiting for?
cite this blog entry:
Penrose, David M. (2005, June 7). Podcasting Today. Message posted to http://idxchange.blogspot.com
OK, you have got to check this out!
The product is called ToBee and is a collection of tools and services that make it very easy to create, manage, and deliver extended rich media over the web.
So what does that mean?
It means you can combine video, audio, images, narration, script, etc. to present information through a powerful and efficient form of communication. Extended means you can ask question of the viewer or let them download files that you offer. You are actually watching a ToBee presentation or eSession right now.
So really you can use ToBee for just about any subject you can think of. For example:
- You can demonstrate the use of a product with
video clips and snapshots.
- You can offer judging certification in a sport with
examples, narration, and a certification exam.
- You can describe your corporate policies and
procedures without your employees traveling.
- You can share your expertise with anyone in
There's no limit on the ways that ToBee extended rich media can be used.
ToBee's main focus is simplicity. There are other tools that provide pieces to the overall "create/manage/deliver" solution but they can be complicated and require a significant knowledge of media technology to connect them together.
ToBee solves that challenge by providing everything:
- composition software
- upload services
- web listing
- delivery to the user
Our goal is to let you spend 90% of your time creating content - which is what you are good at, and 10% of your time on technology - which is what we are good at.
So if you want to know more, watch our other info sessions on this site. If you select a specific group such as business, sports, etc. you will find more info sessions that talk about how ToBee is used in those areas. You will also see examples of how others have adopted ToBee for their needs.
cost – free
site – www.tobee.biz/
And, I would add … when a group blog, encourage others to post as well.
For more information read the complete story at:
The author aptly points out … “Most speakers of English as a first language do not know how to speak ESL! Those speaking ESL frequently complain that native English speakers are more difficult to understand that other ESL speakers. Native speakers use a larger vocabulary often laced with slang expressions, speak too fast, and assume others have caught and even agree to ideas that have missed entirely.” (Simons, Colin, Vazquez & Harris, 1993, p. 56)
This, it seems, has serious implications for Instructional Designers!
Simons, G. F., Colin, C. V., Vazquez, C., Harris, P. R. (1993). Transcultural Leadership: Empowering the Diverse Workforce. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Company.
In the tradition of Lev S. Vygotsky (1978), how important is culture and community (social context of learning) to what an individual can know? What role does "inner speech" play in online learning? If there is credibility to the work of Vygotsky, shouldn't we be making an effort to understand the influences upon culture and how those contribute to learning?
I would suggest that culture is shaped by the influences of race, religion, gender, nation of origin, socioeconomic circumstances, intracultural interactions, and intercultural interactions. If this is true, then how can IDOLers ignore the role that these will play in the development of effective instruction?
IDOLers working for the military may not think that this is important, but consider the problems of religious intolerance reported at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Mount, 2005). It sounds like there are serious cultural conflict problems that could be resolved by a swift social constructivist kick to the seat of their instructional approach. What do y'all think?
Vygotsky, Lev. (1978). Mind and society: The development of higher mental process. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Mount, Mike. (2005, May 5). Air Force probes religious bias charges at academy. Retrieved on June 5, 2005 from http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/03/airforce.religion/
Consider the following resource, which was only recently published.
Smith, Regina O. (2005).Working with difference in online collaborative groups. Adult Education Quarterly, 55(3), 182–199
Lastname, Firstname MI. (YEAR, Month #). Title of the Blog entry. Message posted to http://URL
This would make the citation for this entry …
Penrose, David M. (2005, June 2). Citing Blog Postings. Message posted to http://idxchange.blogspot.com
Bronson, J. (2004). What is this? How do I cite it using APA? Retrieved on June 2, 2005 from http://library.olivet.edu/pubserv/ins/English/104/Spring2004/chart_APA.html
Chen, S. J., & Caropreso, E. J. (2004). Influence of Personality on Online Discussion. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 3(2)
One reason that I like this bunch of scholars is that we are proactive! Not that proactive (Proactive Solution), I mean we take the initiative to change the world before being asked.
It is time that we consider the importance, regardless of setting, of being the producers of multi-language instructional design. I strongly encourage everyone to learn a second and even third language. Language is the vehicle through which culture is transmitted. When a language dies, so does the culture that depended on the language for survival.
site – www.clickz.com
How to respond in writing ....
OK, I have finally done it. I wanted to create a page that displayed a Flash MP3 Player that looked like the popular iPod and simply pulled the audio files from a directory. Every time the page loads, the list is refreshed. This is what should happen. [ click here to view myPOD ]
Anyway, go check it out. The program that creates this custom MP3 Player is called Wimpy MP3 and is available for a mere $24.95. You can also create custom skins for your virtual player. I think I have found a program that Instructional Designers will not want to ignore.
cost – $24.95
site – www.wimpyplayer.com
Imagine being able to search the text of Instructional-Design Theories and Models: A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory - by Charles Reigeluth. You know the book we are using in ED7620! Now you can at http://print.google.com.
Imagine that you want to see what the book says about “ADDIE” and you will not get any results, but search for “ISD” and the google engine lists 24 references (pages-1,2,5,13,14,15, 27,29,173,174, 180,189,208,213,267,317,389,431,445,448,574,637,699,700). Now this is what every Ph.D. learner has been waiting for!
The most important finding, he added, is that humor can take a situation such as online learning, which is often viewed as sterile and remote, and add a sense of personal flavor to the experience. He also has a word of advice to professors who might be afraid to experiment with the use of humor in their classrooms even if they don't consider themselves funny. Sometimes just the attempt at humor is enough.
read the entire article! [ click here ]