Posted on May 23, 2019

Techniques for Working with Course Writers

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Collaboration

As an instructional designer, working with external/freelance subject matter experts and course writers can be a complex process with many potential challenges, from setting expectations and discussing requirements, explaining the development workflow and tools, making sure course writers know where to go for help, to navigating the multitude of...

Posted on May 17, 2019

Confessions of a SMECWID V: Leaving the Ivory Tower

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Painting of the Tower of Babel, Cropped Square

By Tom Armbrecht As regular readers of the “Confessions of SMECWID” series already know, I changed careers in 2016 when I stopped being a French professor and became an instructional designer. In the eyes of some my former university colleagues, my resignation meant that I effectively switched teams when...

Posted on May 07, 2019

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

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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 Mar 29, 2019

Hanging Indents in HTML and CSS for Instructional Designers

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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...