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Using 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 writer Stan Lee created his thousands of stories and characters that ended up creating what we know as The Marvel…

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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 despite the instructor’s best efforts?  In his excellent new book, Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning, higher-education and pedagogy expert Ken Bain goes beyond typical course checklists and explores how teachers foster…

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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 systems could be reenvisioned to maximize learner success.

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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 in a portable, accessible way. Podcasts also encourage student engagement. Many professionals think of podcasts as the “theater of the mind” because a podcast has the ability to use…

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Who 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 people self-identify not only has a direct effect on how they see themselves and how others see them, but it also drives the various ways they…

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Don’t Scale it Alone: Why Your Instructional Designer (ID) is Your Partner in Crime [1]

This article is a part of the What Does it Mean to Design for Scale? series. John and Yoko, Ross and Rachel, Abbott and Costello, Bonnie and Clyde… No doubt, the list of iconic pairings throughout history (both real-life and fictional) is a long one. But here’s just one more for the ages: Faculty and Instructional Designer.  No matter your role, tackling challenges of scale requires a trail-blazing spirit and inquisitive nature, dedication and desire to reinvent teaching and learning, and the sheer guts to take (calculated) risks and step out of one’s own comfort zone. It requires an expressed…

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