instructional design

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Lesson Analysis

This report is a lesson analysis of two education courses offered by the University of Regina in Canada and developed and delivered by Dr. Alec Couros, a University of Regina faculty member. Both courses are offered by the Faculty of Education and focus on technology use in the classroom. While the subject matter is similar, the courses target different learners and employ different instructional strategies, media, and interaction. The following provides a design, functional, and interactional analysis of one lesson from each course.

IU IST R626 Recommended Reading List

• Reigeluth, Charles (1999). Instructional-Design Theories and Models: A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
• Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper Perennial (Paperback)
• Pine, Joseph B. and Gilmore, James H. (1999). The Experience Economy. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
• Thiagarajan, Sivasailam (2004). Framegames. Bloomington, IN: Workshops By Thiagi. (Paperback) Available at

IU IST R541 Recommended Reading List - Instructional Design

Recommended books (per instructor):

Alessi, S., & Trollip, S. (2000). Multimedia for Learning: Methods and Development (3rd Edition). Allyn & Bacon; ISBN: 0205276911.
Vaughan, T. (2001). Multimedia: Making It Work. Osborne McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0072190957.
England, E., Finney, A. (1998). Managing Multimedia: Project Management for Interactive Media (2nd Edition). Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201360586.
Rosenfeld, L., Morville, P.

Join me at Baruch!

Beginning in January, Baruch College in Manhattan will begin a new instructional design and corporate training program within the Continuing and Professional Studies division. Joanne Tzanis is heading up the effort to get 15 courses up and running for the winter / spring 2007 semester - see also page 12 of the .pdf course catalog. I will be involved in the following courses:

  • Effective Facilitation: Teaching Not Telling (IDC0004)
  • Teaching in Blended and Virtual Classrooms (IDC005)
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology (IDC0015)

See you at Baruch!

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Rhizomatic Dynamic Agile Coproducing blah, blah ...

Rhizomatic, schrmizomatic . . . all kidding aside, I had a fun time chatting with Dave C. yesterday during the Worldbridges Webcastathon - yes, on the Worldbridges network ... the home of! Dave has posted some interesting thoughts on his blog that dance around some loosely joined thoughts I've been hearing and reading about including:

  • Designing Coproduction Experiences: In one of my instructional design classes, we are using a book (Creating Do It Yourself Customers - The Coproduction Revolution) written by my professor which centers on the design of what he terms "co-production" experiences. A central focus of the book is that if we want customers (or in the context of our discussion last night - learners) to achieve excellence as they take on roles in a co-production experience (like the Drupal CMS Academy), we must carefully contemplate the learner's "vision (goals / feedback), access, incentive and expertise" within the design. The book provides in-depth analysis and guidance regarding these themes.
  • Engagement and Coproduction: The online book "The Journey to the Interface" addresses similar themes.
  • Dynamic Personalization: I found the link to the online book noted above from a link to link in Josie Fraser's post about "Personalisation" - or as we say on this side of the pond "Personalization" - addressing "the active participation of citizens in designing services".
  • Informal / Emergent / Incidental Learning: Last week, I was introduced to a blog by a graduate student at the University of Georgia. I was told by her colleagues that her research interests are in online informal (emergent and incidental) learning. I look forward to learning more about her research.
  • Agile Instructional Design: See my post from a few weeks back about Peter Rawsthorme's Agile Instructional Design ideas.
  • ...and my ongoing obsession with Drupal as my Personal Learning Environment.

So, what does all this mean? Are there relevant connections among these themes? Well, I haven't got that figured out. Has anyone else? However, these ideas taken in whole seem to point toward instructional design focused on a common goal: creating dynamic learning environments focused on active learner participation! Whether we call the recipients Rhizomatic Dynamic Agile Coproducing Emergent Learners or not, I for one am happy to consider myself one!

My Introduction to Agile Instructional Design

My professor introduced us to an interesting concept paper about Agile Instructional Design written by Peter Rawsthorme. One thing linked to another (as it usually does) and I have not only gained a new perspective on instructional design, but a new resource for mind bending ideas - see Peter's web site and current blog. At the heart of the paper on Agile ID is the perspective that traditional ID methods can "suffer the restraints of their linear roots." The author proposes that those restraints should be addressed to better consider,

"... time, budget, changing learning theories, increased use of constructivist methods, availability of subject mater experts, changing ID development staff, rapidly changing technology and media channels ..."

Designed to Inspire Podcasts

A podcast with content Designed to Inspire brought to you from a graduate student studying Instructional Systems Technology. She is taking the program at a distance so she can practice what she will one day preach. This podcast and the web site is a working journal relating to the loosely joined topics of instructional design, technology and online education. Thank you for listening!

IU IST R521 Required Reading List - Instructional Design

  • Morrison, G. R., Kemp, J. E., & Ross, S. M. (2003). Designing Effective Instruction (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ : J. Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0471216518.
  • Mager, R. F. (1997). Preparing Instructional Objectives. (3rd ed). Atlanta, GA: The Center for Effective Performance. ISBN: 1879618036
  • Ertmer, P. and Quinn, J. (2003). The ID Case Book: Case Studies in Instructinal Design (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. ISBN: 0130943215
  • Misanchuk, E., Boling, E., & Schweir, R. (1999). Visual Design for Instructional Media (CD-ROM). Sasketchewan, Canada: University of Saskatoon.
    Ordering information: ( $30.00)
    U-Learn, Extension Division
    University pf Saskatchewan
    Room 125 Kirk Hall
    117 Science Place
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    Canada, S7N 5C8

Kearsley, Greg. (2000). Explorations in learning & instruction: The theory into practice database. Available:

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