Posted on Feb 04, 2019

Instructional Design on the Go: A Mobile Meditation from 30,000 Feet

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Airplane at Sunset

Sometimes I am struck by how much the world has changed within the scope of my own meager lifespan, whether in the world of education, in the world of technology, or in the realm of day-to-day life. There are many features of the contemporary everyday educational experience that were...

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

The New Counterculture in Education: Resisting Normalization

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Hippie School Bus

In higher education there is a cultural and psychological trend toward standardization and normalization. Certain ideas about education become socially reinforced and codified as norms and standards. This is, to some extent, to be expected. After all, educators and instructional designers should rightly be concerned with student performance and...

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

The Online Course Development Factory: Instructional Design Lessons from the Manufacturing Industry

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While the pedagogical creativity inherent to creating an engaging online learning experience should not be understated, an equally important aspect of online course design is the production workflow. The creation of any product, whether tangible or intangible, has constraints of time frame, checkpoints, and quality control, all of which...

Posted on Oct 05, 2018

A Microlearning Approach to Education

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There are two approaches you can take to education, a macro approach and a micro approach, although these two approaches are not mutually exclusive. A macro approach, as the name implies, focuses on education at a larger scale, at the level of institutions, accreditation, academic program design, and so...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Beyond Behaviorism: Theories of Consciousness and the Philosophy of Education

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Theories of Consciousness As a philosopher, educator, and instructional designer, I find it worthwhile to explore competing theories about the nature of consciousness and their consequences for education and instructional design. Very quickly, the major categories of theories of consciousness are as follows: Mind-Body Dualism: The mind is nonphysical...