Last night was a fantastic evening for my students.  Their culminating professional presentations were well executed and demonstrated the excellence and quality in their work.  Just as a reminder, Project Showcase for IDT 7095/8095 students is focused on team-based project management and instructional design. I’m really proud of the work they’ve accomplished this semester.

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Abstracts of their projects are below:

The purpose of Medication Safety is to develop an online instructional unit on how to prevent medical errors for all residents whose responsibilities include writing prescriptions.  All residents will be required to take and successfully pass the course. The unit was designed to provide hands-on, interactive training to reduce errors and resolve issues regarding medication and patient safety, abbreviations, route and routines, and look-alike and sound-alike drugs. A pretest and post-test will be administered for the unit.

Online Course Development Training for Faculty is being developed to meet the needs of University of Memphis faculty.  It will provide online training and resources for faculty who are developing or revising online courses.  The web-based instruction will demonstrate the appropriate configuration and development of an online course.  MP4 modules will be developed and hosted on the University’s PodCast Central repository.  Individualized modules will address the following aspects of building online courses:  course introduction, course organization, learner engagement, course communication, assessment and evaluation, and ethics.  Writing effective learning objectives and incorporating engaging learning strategies will be emphasized in the modules covering course organization and learner engagement respectively. The modules will be used to supplement the required face-to-face meetings between faculty and the online education coordinators.  For security and copyright purposes, access of the files will require a login and password.  To meet ADA compliance, closed caption will also be included.

Just a quick reminder that Project Showcase for IDT 7095/8095 students is on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Room 320 of Ball Hall on the University of Memphis campus.  And that’s just 1 week away!!! If you are a current IDT student, I highly recommend attending the showcase so you can see the quality of work required and the type of presentations that are given (in addition to tasting the great food we offer).

The two projects we have this semester are described below. You can also see a gallery of their showcase program images below.

 

 

 

The purpose of Medication Safety is to develop an online instructional unit on how to prevent medical errors for all residents whose responsibilities include writing prescriptions.  All residents will be required to take and successfully pass the course. The unit was designed to provide hands-on, interactive training to reduce errors and resolve issues regarding medication and patient safety, abbreviations, route and routines, and look-alike and sound-alike drugs. A pretest and post-test will be administered for the unit.

Online Course Development Training for Faculty is being developed to meet the needs of University of Memphis faculty.  It will provide online training and resources for faculty who are developing or revising online courses.  The web-based instruction will demonstrate the appropriate configuration and development of an online course.  MP4 modules will be developed and hosted on the University’s PodCast Central repository.  Individualized modules will address the following aspects of building online courses:  course introduction, course organization, learner engagement, course communication, assessment and evaluation, and ethics.  Writing effective learning objectives and incorporating engaging learning strategies will be emphasized in the modules covering course organization and learner engagement respectively. The modules will be used to supplement the required face-to-face meetings between faculty and the online education coordinators.  For security and copyright purposes, access of the files will require a login and password.  To meet ADA compliance, closed caption will also be included.

 

 

This is just a quick reminder that Project Showcase for IDT 7095/8095 students is on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm. That’s just 4 weeks away!!!  The two projects we have this semester are described below.

The purpose of Medication Safety is to develop an online instructional unit on how to prevent medical errors for all residents whose responsibilities include writing prescriptions.  All residents will be required to take and successfully pass the course. The unit will be designed to provide hands-on, interactive training to reduce errors and resolve issues regarding medication and patient safety, abbreviations, route and routines, and look-alike and sound-alike drugs. A pretest and post-test will be administered for the unit.

Online Course Development Training for Faculty is being developed to meet the needs of University of Memphis faculty.  It will provide online training and resources for faculty who are developing or revising online courses.  The web-based instruction will demonstrate the appropriate configuration and development of an online course.  MP4 modules will be developed and hosted on the University’s PodCast Central repository.  Individualized modules will address the following aspects of building online courses:  course introduction, course organization, learner engagement, course communication, assessment and evaluation, and ethics.  Writing effective learning objectives and incorporating engaging learning strategies will be emphasized in the modules covering course organization and learner engagement respectively. The modules will be used to supplement the required face-to-face meetings between faculty and the online education coordinators.  For security and copyright purposes, access of the files will require a login and password.  To meet ADA compliance, closed caption will also be included. The modules will not be designed to explain the step-by-step process of physically converting a course to an online format.  Additionally, they will not be course-content specific.

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Cover for ETR&DI am very pleased to announce that a colleague (and former student of mine) Dr. Jongpil Cheon at Texas Tech University and I will have a new paper published in an upcoming issue of Educational Technology Research & Development journal.  The article is part of Jongpil’s dissertation work while he was with me at the University of Memphis, pursuing his doctoral in instructional design and technology.

His very innovative work considers how we might design interfaces for web-based instruction and online learning that reflect the learning content, as well as are usable, without contributing to extraneous cognitive load.  This work also includes some ideas that I have held about creating interfaces that are immersive for learners. I began this thinking with Dr. Janette Hill at the University of Georgia while working on my PhD.  You can read the abstract from our manuscript below.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a metaphorical interface on germane cognitive load in Web-based instruction. Based on cognitive load theory, germane cognitive load is a cognitive investment for schema construction and automation. A new instrument developed in a previous study was used to measure students’ mental activities of schema construction and automation supported by structural cues in a metaphorical interface environment. Eighty participants were randomly assigned to one of two types of instructional units with the same instructional content and different interface types (i.e., non-metaphorical interface and metaphorical interface). The results indicated that germane cognitive load positively affected learning performance while there was no relationship between germane cognitive load and students’ prior knowledge.  A metaphorical interface enhanced learners’ germane cognitive load and learning performance, and both germane cognitive load and prior knowledge similarly contributed to learning performance. The findings provide implications for the advancement of cognitive load theory and the practice of instructional development.

I am coming off of two full days of Google Apps training, so I’m a little tired.  But I am so excited that the University of Memphis Conference on Mobile Teaching and Learning is finally here!

I am really looking forward to speaking with folks from K-12 public and private schools, as well as higher education faculty members from other universities and institutions.  It’s going to be a great day of sharing, teaching, and learning.  Woohoo!  I am pumped.  I’m also really look forward to hearing from some of my other colleagues at other institutions and in other departments speak about how they are considering mobile teaching and learning.

To get these resources out, below is the slidedeck that I am using tomorrow.  Also, here is the link to the resources that I’ll be talking about.  The focus of this presentation is on bringing the device you have, so the tools I’m going to discuss are a little all over the board.  However, I’m also adding some info in about creating ePubs as ebooks, which is new for me.  I’ve been testing this out, and I believe I’m going to use this in one of my graduate courses that starts this week.

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Just announced to the faculty at the University of Memphis, Dr. Clay Shirky, NYU Professor of Interactive Telecommunications, will be presenting as part of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis on March 22, 2012, at the University Center.  A reception begins at 6:00 in the University Center.

Dr. Shirky is well known for his books Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus.

 

Elvis Impersonator Tiger by Steve Harper. Sponsored by Hon. Robert L. "Butch" Childers (BBA '71, JD '74) and Amy J. Amundsen (JD '87).

This is from my inbox, and it’s pretty cool. So, I thought I would share it with everybody.  If you’ve seen the painted cows, painted goats, painted bulldogs, or even painted horses then to celebrate the 100th anniversary of UofM, we’ll have painted tigers!

 

You’re Invited to see all 100 TIGERS TOGETHER when we let the cat out of the bag on September 10, 2011 at 12:00 noon.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Noon
Student Plaza – U of M Campus

To celebrate the University’s Centennial, the Alumni Association is placing 100 life-size Tigers all around Town. Each statue has been uniquely decorated with artwork by students, alumni and artists from the Mid-South. Each Tiger represents one year of the University’s 100 year history.

Join us for this unique opportunity to see all 100 Tigers together in one place. Bring the whole family to enjoy sodas, hot dogs and all the fixins, along with music by “Soul Outsiders” and inflatable bouncies.

For more information please contact Alumni Coordinator Alexa Begonia at hbegonia@memphis.edu or 901/678-3873.

 

 

My wife sent this to me today. (I don’t think it was a hint suggesting I needed training, but maybe it was.) In any case, I wanted to pass along an opportunity for free instruction on important topics, and nothing is more important than parenting. It is conveniently located at UoM.

 

Here’s the info from MemphisConnect.com:

Parental involvement is one of the most deciding factors in a child’s success, which is why initiatives such as Mayor Wharton’s 1st annual Training Camp for Dads are so important.

The one day camp will provide seminars and resources to engage, educate and empower fathers across our community. The event is free, open to the family and includes free on site child care.

Although this training is catered to dad, the whole family can attend and enjoy the Strengthening Families Expo, highlighting resources from local community based organizations, government, vendors and family centered programs.

These are the types of programs that work to ensure that all children have the home base and parental support to succeed and provide Memphis with the educated and innovative human capital to be a city of choice.

Register now and also nominate an extraordinary father or father figure to be honored at the Hall of Fame Awards luncheon.

Training Camp for Dads
Saturday August 20, 2011

9:00am- 3:00pm
Fogelman
Executive Center, University of Memphis

 

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This morning I’ll be presenting to the Information Technology Division (ITD) Leadership, including Dr. Doug Hurley, the Chief Information Office for the University of Memphis.  When I was asked to present, the direction was not real specific.  They wanted me to share about the teaching and learning strategies that I have been using in courses.  So, I decided to do a little smorgasbord and talk about a lot of different strategies I’ve been using and then allow them to ask questions about areas or ideas that they would like to know more about.

So, some of the topics include guest bloggers, mobile teaching and learning, collaborative tools, blended learning courses, and open courseware.  Here’s my slide deck in Slideshare.net:

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Tonight is the project showcase for my IDT 7095/8095: Developing Interactive Learning Environments II course.  The overwhelming majority of this course is based in working with a “live” external client.  At the beginning of the semester, student teams select clients from proposals I have received.  Then students work all semester with the client to analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate a solution to the proposed problem.  As part of the showcase, student teams will present an executive summary of their projects’ problems, solutions and evaluations. This semester there are four strong teams.

CBL Designs repurposed text-based instructional job aids for shortening maintenance currently in use at most Long John Silver’s restaurant locations. This redesign incorporated the use of multimedia to attract and motivate learners from 16-25 years old. Their client is Maredith Adsit, Training Developer for Long John Silver’s Restaurant, based in Louisville, Kentucky.  CBL Designs combines the expertises of Kristy Conger, Amanda Bevis, and Jeremy Larson.

Design Domicile created a Web-based course to teach written and audio medical terms in Spanish used in a clinical setting. Their client is Dr. William Brescia, the Director of Instructional Technology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Medicine.  Design Domicile’s primaries are Carmen Weaver, Stacy Clayton, and Joey Weaver.

Innovative Design Taskforce developed Web-based, self-paced, and on-demand training that equips subject matter experts at International Paper to write adequate and well-structured assessment items.  Deborah Adams, Manager for Enterprise Learning Services, is their client.  Innovative Design Taskforce employs Terica Butler, Federico Gomez, and Dot Hale.

Top Stone created a refresher course for Leadership Values for managers to review instructional material and modeling videos through AutoZone’s learning management system.  Their client is Kevin Thorn, the LMS administrator at AutoZone.  Top Stone’s team includes Linda Sadler, Luther Bradfute, and Suha Tamim.

In addition to the primary project, students are also learning project management.  We follow Lynch and Roecker’s (2007) Project Managing e-Learning: A Handbook for Successful Design, Delivery and Management, which is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  In addition, we supplement with the Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, which has a wealth of examples and templates built in.

On top of the instructional design models from previous courses, including Morrison, Ross and Kemp and Dick, Carey and Carey, we emphasize rapid prototyping as a development model. So, you can see that students are doing a tremendous amount of work and learning.