Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Instructional Designer Questionnaire

Do you work in the field of Instructional Design? If so, I'd appreciate you taking a moment and filling out a short, ten-question, questionnaire about what you do in your job and what you think is important for an instructional designer to know.

The questionnaire has been closed. Thanks to all those who filled it out (119 of you!), and please be prepared for a follow up.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cammy Bean on instructional design

Cammy Bean is the Manager of Instructional Design for Invision Learning in Southborough, MA. The interview was done for my students in EDTC 5753: Introduction to Instructional Design. In it, Cammy discusses her background, how she came to the instructional design field, what her current day-to-day job as an instructional designer is like, what skills she feels are important for instructional designers, and what she feels the future of the field will be.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Alan Young on Instructional Design

Here's an interview with Alan Young, Director of Curriculum Development at Brigham Young University-Idaho. The interview was done for my students in EDTC 5753: Introduction to Instructional Design. In it, Alan discusses his background, how he came to the instructional design field, what his current day-to-day job as an instructional designer is like, what skills he feels are important for instructional designers, and what he feels the future of the field will be.

Dr. Jennifer Summerville on Instructional Design

Here's an interview with Jennifer Summerville, Ph.D, Associate Dean for the Distance and Weekend College for Collin College. The interview was done for my students in EDTC 5753: Introduction to Instructional Design. In it, Dr. Summerville discusses her background, how she came to the instructional design field, what her current day-to-day job is like, what skills she feels are important for instructional designers, and what she feels the future of the field will be.

This podcast had to be removed for clearance purposes.

Dr. Andrew Teasdale on Instructional Design

Here's an interview with Andrew Teasdale, Ph.D, an instructional designer in the Clinical Guidance Organization for Humana Health Care. The interview was done for my students in EDTC 5753: Introduction to Instructional Design. In it, Dr. Teasdale discusses his background, how he came to the instructional design field, what his current day-to-day job as an instructional designer is like, what skills he feels are important for instructional designers, and what he feels the future of the field will be.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Once again, I sing the praises of Cammy Bean (Learning Objectives)

I've written plenty of times about how much I admire Cammy Bean's thinking (you must read her Learning Visions blog), but today she helped me out and she didn't even mean to.

So here's to you, Cammy!

You see, I'm preparing materials for my EDTC 5753: Introduction to Instructional Design course, and I've been interviewing people working in different aspects of the Instructional Design field. Earlier today, I interviewed Dr. Jennifer Summerville, an old (not in age) friend and colleague. The problem was, at the exact same time I had scheduled to interview Jen, Will Thalheimer was giving a webinosh about learning objectives. I wanted to attend, but I couldn't.

But Cammy came through. She's posted excellent notes on the whole thing, and it's kept me in the loop and considering I couldn't attend, I still got the information.

As for what was said, I appreciate Will's breakdown of types of objectives and the questions he posed. I thought the questions seemed well thought out and they helped illustrate his points. I must admit I got different answers than some that were given, but I guess that's to be expected.

And if learning objectives are something you're interested in, you should read Cammy's post "My objection to learning objectives" and David Merrill's "Teachers should not waste time writing instructional objectives."