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  • comic book style illustrationUsing the Marvel Method for Course Design: How to Become a Superhero Team with Your Faculty
    Like many of us working from home in the last year, when I’m working I tend to play something in the background. Lately, for me, it’s been Marvel. (I’ve been crushing through the Marvel films in order). As I’ve completed my Marvel marathon, I threw on the “behind the scenes” of Marvel Comics Marvel 616 on Disney+. As I’m watching an episode titled “The Marvel Method” I was shocked (and excited) to learn about the method in which famed comic […]
  • 18 Characteristics of Super Courses
    Summary: In this article, we’ll explore 18 characteristics of powerful learning experiences as identified in Ken Bain’s book Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning. Author: Brendan Lake, D.M.A., M.Ed., is a senior instructional designer with ASU Online and an instructional professional with the ASU School of Music. Why are some courses a dynamic, meaningful, and lasting experience, while others inspire lukewarm engagement and results […]
  • Instruction By Design: Leadership: Whose Job Is It Anyway?
    In this episode, the instructional designers from Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation (Jinnette Senecal, Celia Coochwytewa, and Aaron Kraft) explore various facets of leadership in higher education environments. We then consider the ways in which instructional designers may fulfill leadership roles or responsibilities. Today’s HOT TOPIC segment is a forward-thinking conversation about how learning management […]
  • An Introduction to Podcasting for Online Courses
    As technology capabilities increase, so does our ability to meet students where they are and accommodate different learning needs. Using podcasts as supplemental learning materials in courses offer a way to reach students in their daily lives. Students can listen to a podcast episode as they are riding in a car, working out, or sitting in their apartment. Because students can access podcasts on their phones or tablets, podcasts reinforce content […]
  • teach online article image of computerWho ARE You? Faculty as Writer, Instructional Designer (ID) as Editor
    Disney’s 1951 adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Who’s 1978 anthem may have turned the age-old question, “Who are you?” into a little bit of an earworm. And though everyone’s likely been asked many times over in some form or fashion, it’s a worthy question nonetheless. So what’s once more, for good measure? Singular job titles comprise a composite of identities; no one is just one “thing.” How […]