Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Point/Counterpoint with an academic and a practitioner: On Cammy Bean, certification, and instructional design

I've had some people ask me to post some more of my thoughts on instructional design and certification. They were interested in the conversations Cammy Bean and I have had about those topics, and wondered where those conversations were going. Today Cammy e-mailed me, and she and I have been going back and forth, and she's graciously agreed to let me post the conversation here. See it here after the jump (with minor edits).

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Links 3-08-08 to 3-25-08

Spring break and the later part of the semester have been absolutely KILLING me for time. And that doesn't even factor in the time I've been spending coaching my son John's 12 and under travel baseball team, the Perkins Patriots. So besides being woefully behind on grading, trying to pass third year reappointment, trying to get a couple of articles written, learn to make my own golf clubs (and then get to actually use them), and being completely distracted by Twitter, I haven't blogged much. BUT I'M RESOLUTE; I'm back in the game . . .

So here are the links from the last three weeks. I think I'm going to have to start just doing a daily links post (when necessary) like the Cool Cat Teacher does.

From my account:

You can see what I tagged in my Google Reader after the jump.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Teaching Preservice Teachers Online: Pitfalls and Practices

Today was my presentation for the AECT Teacher Education division's WAG (web-based brown bag). They had me present on our efforts to put the preservice teacher technology course online here at Oklahoma State University. Angel Kymes and I taught it the first time together (different sections of the same class), and she and I presented it at last year's AECT conference. So the Teacher Ed division had me do an overview of that presentation and update it so everyone could see what we are doing. It was well received, and the feedback makes me think we're really doing good work here.

Here's a link to the Teacher Education divison's blog, The Playground. You can see Dr. Peter Rich's comments on the presentation there.

You can see my Slideshare presentation (we actually did it using BYU's Adobe Breeze server) after the jump.

Monday, March 10, 2008

My top ten tools for learning: version 2008

So once again, Jane Hart is running her Top Ten Tools for Learning list. Last year I posted my list, but I was too late to have it listed on her overall list. I've looked over my list, and it has changed quite a bit. Here's a short recap of last year's list (without annotations):

See how this year's list differs after the jump.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Getting to know me a little better

As I've said, more and more people have been coming to this blog as of late. However, most of you don't know me, so I thought I'd pass on this meme that was sent to me from an old student of mine, Tyler Wardle. I'm not going to tag anyone else with this, but I thought it might give you a little more insight into who I am.

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Ice cream scooper
2. Custodian
3. Juvenile Corrections Officer
4. College Professor

Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. That Thing You Do!
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. The Man From Snowy River
4. The Breakfast Club

Four places I have lived:
1. Oklahoma
2. Tennessee
3. Guatemala
4. Texas

Four TV Shows that I watch:
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Angel
3. Survivor
4. Lost

Four places I have been:
1. Live Oak, FL
2. Parker, ID
3. Okeene, OK
4. The bottom of Lake Tenkiller, OK

Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
1. Sue Reese (my mom, and surprisingly, she’s not the one that forwarded this to me!)
2. Kay Green (one of my six sisters, who knows better than to forward something like this to me)
3. Susan Stansberry (colleague at work)
4. Jamie Murray (colleague from church)

Four of my favorite foods
1. Chicken Fried Steak
2. Mashed Potatoes with white gravy
3. Green beans (the way Mom makes them with bacon, tomatoes, onions, etc.)
4. green kool-aid

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. golf course
2. fly fishing in Montana
3. Home - with my family
4. teaching my classes

Four things I am looking forward to.
1. Seabase (SCUBA diving in the FL Keys)
2. Meeting my grandfather I’m named after
3. Growing old with my wife, Lori
4. Seeing my children grow into adulthood and have children of their own

Four of your favorite pets
1. HR (my German Shepherd growing up)
2. Pedro, Paco, Pablo, and Pancho (my four pihrana I had in college)
3. Spark (our current Beagle mix)
4. Bear (our Chow growing up)

So there you have it, a little more about me . . .

Monday, March 3, 2008

Can't we all just get along? Or the need for instructional design certification

To say the last couple of weeks here at effectivedesign have been interesting is an understatement. First of all, I had been reading the posts at Cammy Bean's Learning Visions blog, and had been linking to them on my weekly post of links. On my Links for 1-26-08 to 2-01-08 post, Cammy commented to me (on my birthday, no less) and said, "Hey there! I’m delighted to see that you’re getting so much out of my non-educated musings on instructional design. I’ll look forward to reading your musings on ID from the other side of the fence. Cammy" I'll be honest, I thought it was just cool that Cammy had actually come and seen my blog. So I ponied up and wrote my This one’s for you, Cammy Bean! Or, is the role of the instructional designer changing? I began thinking about Cammy and others in her situation who are instructional design practitioners and how what their jobs are and what they really do and what we teach in academia. So I wrote about that disconnect in my post Instructional design in academia–where theory and practice RARELY meet. And that post really started things going. Stephen Downes mentioned our conversation on OL~Daily, and then all sorts of people started chiming in. COOL! So I continued the conversation with Cammy by writing how to get an Instructional Design education without paying tuition and an immediately accessible instructional design education. Later, I posted Have we “Reclaimed” Instructional Design? to try and further suss out just what I've been thinking about instructional design as well as teaching and practicing it.

Read what I find interesting about all this and my thoughts about instructional design certification after the jump.