Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
The first topic discussed/announced in the Town Hall meeting is that ELI is embarking on an Evidence of Impact study (www.educause.edu/ELI/SEI) to gather data about effective practices that support the decisions made about teaching and learning innovations and investments in resources both human and technological. ELI is seeking participation and feedback through a survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/seisurvey).
Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz then surveyed the group to determine interest in two possible topics for the Fall Online Focus Session: Analytics or Open Content. While the vote appeared to be split 50/50, the decision was made to proceed with the topic of Analytics for the Spring Forum. With the US Government pressuring the Accrediting Agencies and Student Financial Aid Offices to provide evidence of student performance and effective instructional practices in courses in all delivery modes (Online, F2F, and Blended), the need of the use of Analytics to gather data on student performance and provide opportunities for early intervention is considered paramount.
The Spring Online Focus Session (April 13 – 14) is on Seeking Evidence of Impact. (http://net.educause.edu/eli113)
ELI is also looking for possible topics for the 7 Things You Should Know series and for future WhitePapers.
ELI webinars through June can be found under ELI Webinars at http://www.educause.edu/eli/events.