Instructional Design Models and Theories: Instructional Design Theories for Your Next Course

One of the most difficult questions for a course developer to answer is which instructional design theory or theories is best suited to the course being developed. To answer this question, it is important to be aware of the various instructional design theories available, how they might be implemented, and how they can be utilized to meet core course objectives. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design theory and application, we will discuss seven instructional design theories that you could use to develop your next course. Continue reading

The Future of Learning

Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students’ needs and self expression.

Using Voicethread

VoiceThread is a browser-based application that allows classrooms to have conversations asynchronously around images, videos, documents, presentations, and even lectures.  In the classroom, VoiceThread can be used for digital student-portfolios, language practice, lectures;  group presentations, community establishment, etc.

More educational applications can be found at  Additionally, VoiceThread is FREE for ASU instructors and students, is INTEGRATED into ASU Online’s Learning Management System and is INCREDIBLY easy to use.

Dr. Vanna Gonzales uses VoiceThread as an introductory activity in her online Research Methods course to build community.

Using Twitter in Your Online Course

The TV show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ provides a humorous view on the use of Twitter in the surgery room, how the senior leader is skeptical about its use as a learning tool and how the professional learning network participates and in this case provides a solution for a life-threatening situation.

There are numerous ways you can use Twitter in your online course including keeping students in the loop, instant feedback, and classroom notepad. My personal favorite is bringing a historical figure to life by using the voice of the historical figure and encouraging the students to interact using the same language and style.

The following articles will provide you with some ideas on how to use Twitter in your online courses: