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Imagine. Set goals. Embrace your purpose.
I get asked, pretty often, "So how did you become interested in instructional design?"
It's everything I love about teaching--the planning, the creativity, the organization. It's finding new ways to share content with people. What's not fascinating about that?
My pedagogical background is focused quite heavily on andragogical organization. Education isn't a package to be delivered, and it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. As instructors, we share our knowledge and our questions with our students, but we must remember that they come to us with their own knowledge and their own questions. As a designer, I'm always looking to leverage the expertise that learners come to the table with against what they're looking to do to improve, change, or streamline.
My instructional design modeling comes from the way that I teach and from my experiences in classrooms. I try to find interesting ways to share ideas and concepts, and I try to create moments for acquired information and concepts to be immediately put to use. Application and demonstration are necessary for the kind of critical thinking we're asking students to do in higher education.
The feeling of the online environment doesn't have to be isolated. Our online classrooms can be re-envisioned to have the spontaneity of a face-to-face course. I want to help you create spaces for collaboration, for inquiry, for application, and for sharing.
Click the images below to view the Intro. to Instructional Design iBook that I've created.