Posted on May 23, 2019

Techniques for Working with Course Writers

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Collaboration

As an instructional designer, working with subject matter experts and course writers can be a complex process with many potential challenges, from setting expectations and discussing requirements to navigating the multitude of personalities and challenges you may encounter from course writer to course writer. The following overview covers some...

Posted on May 14, 2019

Attributes of Well-Written Assignment Instructions

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Fork in Road with Conflicting Right Way Sign

When you are teaching a face-to-face course, you have some freedom to provide assignment instructions to your students that are somewhat imprecise. This is because you have the opportunity to provide further clarification or to answer any questions in person when your students are right in front of you....

Posted on May 07, 2019

My Essential Instructional Design Tools: A List by Instructional Designer Zachary Fruhling

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Web Design

Just as a carpenter or an architect each has a set of essential tools for his or her craft, so does the working instructional designer come prepared with a set of essential instructional design tools. These essential instructional design tools vary from instructional designer to instructional designer based on...

Posted on Apr 30, 2019

Pros and Cons of Traditional Instructional Design Models

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I did not begin my career as an instructional designer. Having spent several years in the classroom as a college- and university-level instructor of philosophy and logic, I stumbled into instructional design by way of educational content development as a learning design author and subject matter expert, combining my...

Posted on Apr 11, 2019

Philosophy of Education in Anne of Green Gables: Be a Miss Stacy, Not a Mr. Phillips

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School Room

One of my most formative television/film experiences was the television miniseries adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sullivan Entertainment, 1985), based on the book of the same name (1908) by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Set on Prince Edward Island in the first decade of the 1900s, Anne of Green Gables...

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

Hanging Indents in HTML and CSS for Instructional Designers

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HTML Tag on Screen

Although opinions differ about the role of hanging indents in the post-print digital era, from time to time you may need to add hanging indents for things like APA references in your online course materials. Unfortunately, the WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) editors in many Learning...

Posted on Mar 20, 2019

Pro Instructional Design Tip: Use Embedded Media

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Video Play Button Red

Anyone old enough to remember the mid-1990s internet browsing experience will remember largely text-based web pages with some number of hyperlinks to other web pages. As I have described in a previous article, Rediscovering the Power of the Link, the ability to hyperlink to other pages has an almost...

Posted on Feb 26, 2019

Learning to Illustrate in Adobe Illustrator: From 2D to 3D

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3D Isometric Cross

Throughout my career as an instructional designer, author, and developer of online course materials, I have been privileged to collaborate with top-notch graphic designers and illustrators who have helped me bring my creative vision for how to teach topics and concepts to life visually through illustrations and animations. I...