Here is a great overview of what Instructional Design is in less than 5 minute by Joel Gardner on YouTube. It explains the principles very well.
Here is a great free online resource. It is a Repository of Pedagogical Practices from the University of Central Florida. And it is licensed under Creative Commons so that we can use these resources to help other learning to teach better.
Here is the link https://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Pedagogical_Practice
The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University has some excellent resources up on their website at http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/
Explore the links on the menu of the left to find faculty development resources about the following topics:
- Design & Teach a Course
- Technology for Education
- Assess Teaching & Learning
- Solve a Teaching Problem
- Teaching & Learning Principles
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: http://www.deefinkandassociates.com/GuidetoCourseDesignAug05.pdf 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.
This video about creating learning objectives posted on YouTube by John Cline is very good. It is about 10 minutes but is full of good examples of strong and weak objective statements. The principles taught in this presentation are also applicable to creating learning outcome statements.
“Let the techies figure out how to do it; I have to worry about what to do and why.”
Erin Keough, director of the Open Learning and Information Network in St. John’s, Newfoundland
“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.
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 https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model 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.
For more information about this model check out to the links below:
This free resource will help you plan the activities in your classes to support 21st Century Fluency development as described in the image below. You can access the site at http://app.fluency21.com/ Continue reading 21st Century Fluency Unit Planner
This video is a sequel to the first video with the same title. This presentation adds to the principles taught in the first and goes deeper into how the principles of adult learning can be applied to enhance teaching and learning.