Next week, we have the awesome opportunity to “sit at the feet of the master.” On June 8th at 12:00 pm CDT, Professor Elizabeth Boling from Indiana University will be offering a free webinar on “What is Design?”.  Professor Boling is certainly one of my mentors, and she is especially focused in design. I continue to learn so much from Professor Boling, and I think you will too. This webinar is sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications & Technology Graduate Student Assembly and the Design & Development Division.

Here’s a short blurb about the session:

Design is a broad concept that holds different meanings for different people. Author and designer Victor Papanek (1985) defines design as “the conscious and intuitive effort to impose meaningful order” (p.4) This can mean that whether we are involved in instructional design, or in other endeavors in which something is to be created different than what existed before; “all that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity” (Papanek, 1985, pg. 4).

As an interactive multimedia designer, Elizabeth Boling, MFA, Associate Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Indiana University has published and presented widely on the topic of Instructional design as design endeavor and on the subject of teaching design. In this webinar, Professor Boling, fellow AECT instructional designers, and graduate students will discuss the concept and practice of design and the characteristics that instructional design shares broadly with other design enterprises. (Boling & Smith, 2010).


To register for the session, see

About Michael M Grant

Dr. Michael M. Grant is a passionate professor, researcher, and consultant. He works with faculty members, schools and universities, and districts to integrate technology meaningfully and improve teaching and learning. When 140 characters just won't work, then he blogs here at He has a beautiful wife and three equally beautiful daughters, who will change the world.

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