I wanted to let everyone know that I will be participating in the Institute for Intelligent Systems “Speed Date” program this Friday.  I was invited to present about the research and projects I am currently working on, so I plan to talk about

Here’s the info for the Speed Date.  I hope you’ll plan to attend:

2nd Speed Date of the Institute for Intelligent Systems
Friday May 4, 4PM-5PM in the Methodist Theater of the FedEx Institute of Technology (ground floor)

Confirmed speakers include Bonny Banerjee (IIS / Electrical & Computer Engineering), Eugene Buder (Communication Science and Disorders), Usef Faghihi and Xiangen Hu (Psychology), Michael Grant (Instructional Design and Technology), Chip Morrison (Center for Research in Educational Policy), Phil Pavlik (IIS / Psychology), Deb Tollefsen (Philosophy)


2012 Student Poster Session of the Institute for Intelligent Systems Student Organization (IISSO)
Friday May 4, 5PM-7PM in the Fogelman Center

(drinks and hors d’oeuvres served)


The IIS speed date is an excellent opportunity to learn about the interdisciplinary research at the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis. In one hour you will get a flavor of the various research projects that IIS affiliates are currently involved in. The purpose of the speed date is just that: a matchmaking research opportunity.

The IISSO student poster session will provide another outstanding overview of the interdisciplinary research conducted in the IIS. Students from departments as diverse as Psychology, Computer Science, Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Education, English, and Communication Science and Disorders will display their research on posters.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Renee Cogar (hcogar@memphis.edu).

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at Union University’s Education Research Forum with Joanne Gikas, a former doctoral student, and Suha Tamim, a current doctoral student. Some friends and colleagues have sent to me some photos of our presentations, so I thought I would share.

I also found a great, quick, free little tool called Flickr Slideshow to put a set or group of photos from Flickr together.  I’m sure there are other fancier tools, but this one was ridiculously fast with no effort hardly at all.  I encourage you to try it out.

Created with flickr slideshow.

I am so excited to be presenting at Union University‘s 5th annual Educational Research Forum today.  My dear friend and colleague Dr. Anna Clifford invited me to submit some proposals to present.  Together with some current and former students, we’ll be presenting three sessions for the Ed:Forum.  The links and info for our sessions are below.

  • Coming to Understand the Influences on and Artifacts of Learning
    Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. 

    Learning artifacts are tangible representations of an individual’s learning. However, they are limited in their ability to completely reflect all the learning by an individual. It is important to understand learning artifacts because learning and the products of learning are individualized for the learner and by the learner. By understanding the products of learning, as well as the developmental process of these products, there may be a more complete understanding of what has been learned by the individual. This manuscript attempts to understand the creation of learning artifacts, as well as the influences on learning artifacts. A model is proposed to understand how learning products are generated and an example case from our research is illustrated.

    >>> Download the paper.

    [slideshare id=9385407&doc=influencesandartifactsoflearning-110922231056-phpapp02]

  • The Promise of Mobile Learning in Higher Education: Affordances, Implementations, & Challenges
    Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. & Joanne Gikas, Ed.D. 

    Mobile teaching and learning in higher education is approaching a tipping point. One of the most significant promises of mobile learning is the ability for faculty members, teachers, and students to use their own mobile computing devices. In the US, 75% of American teens have cell phones and almost 30% have smartphones with Internet capabilities. In universities, the numbers appear to be much higher. It seems instructionally sound and fiscally prudent for institutions and faculty members to leverage the existing devices in which students are most comfortable. The purpose of this paper is to (1) critically examine the definitions and affordances of mobile learning in higher education, (2) identify the ways mobile teaching and learning have been and could be accomplished in higher education, (3) identify the challenges to implementing mobile teaching and learning in higher education.

    [slideshare id=9385123&doc=mobile-in-he-slidedeck-revised-110922223648-phpapp01]

  • Teaching with Web Tools: Characteristics, Implications, and Limitations
    Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. & Suha Tamim 

    Like the variety of Web 2.0 applications, theories of learning and instructional models are also primarily content independent. So it is left up to the teacher educator to match learner characteristics, content, pedagogy and technologies. This presentation will concentrate on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in contemporary constructivist and cognitivist learning environments. We will present the characteristics of Web 2.0 tools to support teaching and learning, including low threshold applications, a variety of tools and models, as well as access to tools and knowledge. Finally, we will identify the limitations and challenges that exist with using these tools, such as immature applications, longevity of applications, number of applications, unconsolidated services and security and ethics.

    >>> Download our paper.

    [slideshare id=9385081&doc=web2keynote-suha-110922223259-phpapp01]

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I just received my acceptance notices that I will be presenting at Union University’s Fifth Annual Research Forum. Yahoo! My dear friend and colleague Dr. Anna Clifford (whom I often visit and present to her students at Union University) informed me about this local conference opportunity, and she suggested I submit.  She thought my research areas on project-based learning, mobile learning, and technology-supported teaching and learning would fit well in this forum!

I will be presenting three presentations:

  1. Coming to Understand the Influences on and Artifacts of Learning
  2. The Promise of Mobile Learning in Higher Education: Affordances, Implementations & Challenges
  3. Teaching with Web Tools: Characteristics, Implications and Limitations

For those of you who are local around Memphis, then you may want to register for this conference.  Union University has a reputation of creating high quality learning experiences and doing events well.  So, I’m really looking forward to attending this year.  A former colleague of mine at UofM, Dianne Morgan, is also the chair for the forum this year.

Big shout outs go to IDT students who are presenting at the Arkansas Distance Learning Association (ARDLA) conference this week. Joanne Gikas, Paul Ayers, Carmen Weaver, and Jennifer Nelson are all presenting research and/or Programs they have implemented through UofM. At this small conference, UofM is supremely well represented at the Arkansas conference. Plus, IDT is taking a leadership role in distance ed.

I’m excited to say that it’s finally happened to me.  Today, one of my presentations, “Comparing Instructional Design Models,” made it to the home page of Slideshare — even it was only for a little while.  Earlier today, I received the following email:

Unfortunately, I missed capturing the link on Slideshare’s homepage.  But I have to say that I am “Wowed!”  I heard all this today from a colleague and friend Kevin Thorn, who said he saw one of my presentations get tweeted.  So that’s pretty cool.  Somebody I don’t know (that’s Mike Taylor) found one of my presentations and decided to share it.  That’s awesome!  Glad I could help.  Since this was new to me, I decided to search twitter to see if I could find out who all were interested in my presentation today.  And I found this:

Now, I am pleased to say that my friend Kevin (that’s him above as LearnNuggets) retweeted the original tweet, and then it got retweeted multiple times.  The folks who retweeted the presentation include folks that I admire and follow myself, such as Cammy Bean at Kineo and Dr. Allison Rossett at San Diego State.
So, what’s the stuff that caused this reaction?  It’s this presentation:
[slideshare id=3127392&doc=idmodels-100210151043-phpapp02]
I decided this semester that I would publish all my slides for my “Developing Interactive Learning Environments” course into Slideshare just to see what happens.  I guess I got my answer.

5 favs.
2 embeds other than me.

So, why has this presentation resonated with others?  What did you like, dislike, or abhor about it? Thanks everybody for making me feel appreciated today.

I received the following information about an open session with James Paul Gee, who is one of the leading experts on using video games to support learning.  This is courtesy of Steve Hargadon at the Infinite Thinking Machine

James Paul Gee on Video Games, Learning, and Literacy
: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am GMT (next day)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page (here).

You can read more about Dr. Gee at the Infinite Thinking Machine’s original announcement.

These are my Jumptags for October 21st

My Technology Tools to Support Learning course is continuing our overview of elearning this week.  But I also wanted to link elearning to some of the other topics we’ve been discussing over the semester.  As we move from using Powerpoint for presentations to building interactive learning modules, I thought we would consider what we should bring with us from presentations.  Slideshare.net, one of the Internet’s largest archive of slides and presentations, holds a competition each year for the World’s Best Presentation.  The topic for the slides can be on anything.  The winner this year, Dan Roam, built a presentation about healthcare in America, and it’s all written on napkins (sort of).  See for yourself; I’ve embedded it below.

But the second prize, “Sheltering Wings” by Sarah Cullem, and third place,  “Feels Bad on the Back” by Mohamad Faried, are also excellent as well.  These are the overall winners.  There are also winners for different categories. So, you may want to take a look at those, too.  In particular, you might want to take a look at the one for education.  Here’s the list from Slideshare:

The question…

So after taking a look at a bunch of these (and some of you may have seen them through Twitter, etc. as they came out), I’ve got some questions for you to consider.

  1. What can we learn from these presentations about how to design and develop presentations? In other words, what’ the take away for instructional designers?
  2. What can we learn about how to present a message to others, particularly when we’re not there to elaborate?
  3. How do these (or some of these) presentations echo principles of message design, graphic design, and instructional design?  Or how do they break them usefully?

Let me know what you think.  Jump in and leave your ideas in the comments below.

These are my Jumptags for October 9th through October 13th: