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IDT 7095/8095 Project Showcase
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM,  April 22, 2009
Location: 301 Ball Hall

Dear friends,
I would like for you to add April 22 at 6:00 pm in 301 Ball Hall on the University of Memphis campus to your calendars.  Within our Instructional Design & Technology 7095/8095, project teams will be presenting synopses of their projects for this semester in a Project Showcase of live clients.  Their work represents approximately $15,000 – 20,000 worth of instructional development.  In the showcase, each team of students will present a 15-minute overview of their project and product. This is a professional presentation, and the content of this presentation will represent an executive summary of their projects.  I particularly encourage current students in our programs to attend in order to have a stronger vision of the requirements of the course and how your coursework prepares you for this course.

This semester there are four strong teams.

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.

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.

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.

Along with the IDT faculty and the project clients, I hope you can make it.
~michael

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Well, I took a large part of the summer off to spend with my family.  Yesterday was my first day back at work, and today, I have the awesome opportunity to speak to a hundred or so graduate teaching assistants from across the University of Memphis.  I was a TA at both Clemson University and at The University of Georgia.  So I have a great respect for these folks and the important work you do.

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, asked me to share tips on creating effective courses both on ground/on site and online.  I’m really super excited to do so.  I’ve put together quite a few tips that I use both in my face to face courses and online courses.  I have created a page on my professional development wiki at http://viralnotebook.pbworks.com/Graduate-Teaching-Assistantship-Workshop .

I’ve organized the tips into four categories

  1. Setting student expectations
  2. Tips for managing a course
  3. What value am I adding?
  4. For whom and what purpose is your Powerpoint?

On the wiki page above, you can find all the notes and tips I discussed today, as well as the embedded presentation and the link to download the slides.

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