EDUCAUSE 2010 and Learning Opportunities

I write this from an airplane, 36,000 feet above the middle of the United States.  I am on my way to an annual conference of the association EDUCAUSE, whose mission it is to support “the intelligent use of information technology in higher education.”  I spent 8 years, until July of 2009, as a Vice President of that association, and I know that starting today, the EDUCAUSE staff will be in high gear, working to support their…

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Are You Ready for eBooks?

A small group within CIDDE has initiated a project to investigate current and emerging technologies for creating, distributing, and using electronic books, particularly as substitutes or supplements for traditional textbooks and as platforms for delivering multimedia-enhanced course materials.  Our goal is to better inform instructional designers, instructional technologists, and University faculty of the capabilities, benefits, limitations, and evolutionary path of eBooks and eBook reader technology. The CIDDE investigation project is examining a handful of reading…

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The Value of Instructional Design

As I prepare to retire from CIDDE, I wanted to share some thoughts with you about something very close to me, the area of instructional design.  If you’ve not worked with a CIDDE instructional designer, you might be wondering, “What exactly is an instructional designer and how can they help me?”  An instructional designer (ID) has graduate educational background in learning theory (how people learn) and instructional theory (how we can help people learn).  These knowledge…

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