Monday, October 29, 2012

Instructional Designer Resources

By: Hong Kha

Resources for Instructional Designers

As an instructional designer, I always try to keep a pulse on the latest and greatest teaching tools and pedagogy tips that can help me advise faculty on how they can engage students. Here are a few sites that I turn to when I need inspiration.


Is a site targeted towards faculty. This site has provided me with a lot of pedagogy tips on how to improve student learning whether in a face-to-face or online setting. The articles here have served as a faculty mentor for when I run into a teaching experience that can only be advised by another faculty.


Educause ELI is a great way to keep a pulse on what universities are doing to keep on top of the teaching with technology innovation curve. I've enjoyed reading their "7 Things You Should Know About …" to get brief tips about new pedagogy concepts, such as teaching with badges or the evolution of textbooks.

Educause also publishes an annual review of education technology trends that help predict where we're heading in one year, three years, and five years from now. This has been really beneficial for strategic planning on what we should build into our Faculty Professional Development training program.


Then there are the techie tips sites. Here are a few links that are geared towards teaching.
Authentic Assessment Toolbox:
Edudemic (news and latest trends):

If you're more interested in listening to podcasts rather than reading newsletters then here is a great podcast you can subscribe to: Chronicle of Higher Ed: Tech Therapy
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I hope you enjoy these resources.