Monthly Archives: February 2011

Greplin — Google for Social Media

Greplin “Keep an eye on this one. They are going to be turning down acquisition offers left and right. They’ve just attacked the other half of web search.” — TechCrunch Greplin Demo from greplin on Vimeo.   I don’t think … Continue reading

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What is Instructional Design?

What is instructional design? This is a question that takes graduate students  their first two semesters to BEGIN to answer.  The terms instructional design, instructional technology, and instructional systems design, are often used interchangeably.  Below, I’ve included a few definitions … Continue reading

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What is an Instructional Technologist?

Instructional designers and instructional technologists are similar in job role, function, and career paths. Instructional designers and instructional technologists are in high demand as organizations are turning towards instructional designers to solve business performance problems and to provide rich learning … Continue reading

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Video Scribing

Background TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are awesome. I’ve been gobbling them up over the last couple of months. I’ve also been researching best practices for using media to illustrate ideas.  Here are a few examples of tips I learned: … Continue reading

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Check Out this Field-of-Study-Free Design Book

How do you design? In this book [beta-version], the author has collected over one-hundred descriptions of design and development processes, from architecture, industrial design, mechanical engineering, quality management, and software development. They range from short mnemonic devices, such as the … Continue reading

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Are you Addicted to Narrating Text?

Many “old school” instructional designers are addicted to narration.  Why is that?  These are smart individuals I’m thinking of; there must be a reason for their obsession… I can only conclude that their fixation is based on an old presentation … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of Teaching to Learning Styles

Does utilizing learning styles improved learning outcomes? No one has been able to prove it yet… $1000 challenge suggests that catering e-Learning in order to accommodate individual learning styles was just another “flavor-of-the-decade, seems-good-to-me, hey-the-blogosphere-likes-it” fads. Response to the debunkers, … Continue reading

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