what material design taught me

i mentioned a flow experiment in my previous post. i’d like to share the thinking… well, just because?! let me say truthfully, it’s not that i’m all super savvy about styles of design, but the little i’ve read every now and again still turned out to be helpful for generating ideas. so here it is.…

defending design from rapid authoring tools

i feel so strongly that we shouldn’t design from a focus that starts with tools, particularly rapid authoring tools. here’s a breakdown of reasons why i think this is a cardinal no-no for instructional design. distorted design purpose at best, total lack of clarity at worst what is the point of the design? is it…

subjecting objectives to scrutiny (part 2)

earlier, i was talking about the act of setting objectives being an act of manifestation of intention. i’d like to now touch on another aspect – objectives as proofs for the quality of *our* teaching and understanding. objectives as proof of teaching quality an objective is much more than just a brief or guideline for…

subjecting objectives to scrutiny (part 1)

while i may be paid to act on one side of the learning equation, my sympathies and spare time are very definitely directed toward the other. (which is why i feel like a roaring misfit at times, when i am expected to talk ID guff that flies in the face of my personal learning experiences!)…

so what’s in it for you?

one of the vacuums in thought within instructional design that bothers me, is the unquestioned aspect of what ID has to offer to practitioners. it’s strange… it’s almost a cardinal rule in e-learning that you must address the question of “what’s in it for me” for the learners of each and every course you ever make.…

the great practical joke – keller’s ARCS

one of the things about being a thoroughly under-educated, formally untrained student is that you tend to value learning from first principles. and since i have great TheoryLove, i keep trying to read even instructional design theory in original form, ie, read the actual publication in which the theorist proposed his or her hypotheses and proved…