Category Archives: Learning Design

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University  has some excellent resources up on their website at

Explore the links on the menu of the left to find faculty development resources about the following topics:

Some of the materials are special to the Carnegie Mellon University context but most of it is very applicable to any faculty teaching context.  I especially found the 7 principles of learning and 7 principles of effective teaching very useful. There are very few documented and researched based lists of principles available.


Dee Fink is the Director of the Instructional Development Program at University of Oklahoma, or he was when he wrote a book called: “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses”

He also wrote short guide for instructors on how to design courses. It is called: ” A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning”  and it is available here: for download.

This is an excellent resource to help faculty who could use a guide on how to design their courses or just their assessments even. It is a quick read. We use it quite a bit.


Quote: “Student learn not by attending lectures…”

“Students learn not by attending lectures and taking notes, but by becoming involved with the content to be learned. Continued reliance upon teaching strategies that encourage only passive attention to the content is a practice that warrants further attention. The nature of student involvement in the learning process is especially pertinent to the practice of distance education, for involvement is all too often only an elusive opportunity for the student separated by physical and temporal distance.”

Astin, A. (1985). Achieving excellence: A critical assessment of priorities and practices in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

SAMR Model predicts how technology might impact teaching and learning

The SAMR Model, which was developed  by Dr. Ruben Puentedurais a very interesting model that can help you predict how computer technologies may and/or should have an impact on teaching and learning.

Go to for a very good description of the model although there are many other sites that describe it.

I was impressed by how it helps to explain where most technology integration projects stall, at the Substitution level, essentially because although the technology is employed, there is no significant change (or benefit) in what is happening in the teaching and learning  taking place.  This model helps me to employ computer technologies more effectively in my teaching.

This image describes the model well.

SAMR Model

For more information about this model check out to the links below: