Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
The last four weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. I have been preparing conference presentations and curriculum for a new course. Then on the road presenting at two conferences: one that I have never attended, and another that I am returning to after four years.
The first was the 22nd Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. The opening keynote speaker had number of very interesting things to say about â€œcognitive load theoryâ€ that I will be sharing with you when I return home next week. The remainder of the conference left me with little to talk about and even less to share. This is not to say that the conference wasnâ€™t valuable for certain groups of educators (approximately 1,100 individuals attended), just that most of the presentations were addressing very rudimentary skills and far to many workshops discussed the integration of PowerPoint into online courses.
This week my co-author and I presented our â€œHitchhikers Guide to Course Developmentâ€ product at the MERLOT conference in Ottawa, Canada. I was a little surprised to see that the attendance numbers have not increased since attending four years ago, but very pleased with the quality of a number of the presentations. Over the course of the next two weeks I will share summaries of 10 sessions that provided us with a few gems that we could add to our skills/resources toolbox.