Instructional Design for Everyone

Where: College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center Third Floor
College Street Gate 7
Worcester, MA


When: Monday, November 14, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Note: Registration starts at 7:30am

Workshop Organizer: Edward O'Neill, Ph.D

Registration Fee:
NERCOMP Member: $145
Non Member $290
Please note - The member rate for professional development workshops will now be $145, the first increase since 2010.

Event Overview
Instructional design is a discipline, a body of knowledge, a profession, a set of practices, and a role. Instructional designers can help plan online courses, contribute to educational software design, consult on projects, courses, lessons, and even degree programs.

But what is instructional design as a service in higher ed? What value does it bring? And how can you draw on instructional design as part of your learning technology services–even if you aren’t an ID or don’t have one on staff?

Maybe you are playing the role of ID but without extensive training or experience. Maybe you studied ID but haven’t had enough opportunities to connect theory and practice. Or you do learning technology and work with faculty but don’t have ID or ed psych training. Or you were faculty and now work with learning technology, and you’d like to know more about the science and practical methods specialists use.

This workshop will bring together ID’s and other learning technology staff to create mutual understanding about how to help faculty using ID principles, methods, theories, and research. The bulk of the day will be made up of group problem-solving, interspersed with short presentations by a panel of experts, who will also facilitate the group activities.

Topics include: understanding who the learners are, defining learning goals and processes, strategies and teaching methods, models and theories, aligning tools with goals, assessment and evaluation, and the science of learning.

Session Outcomes:
After attending the workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions.
• What questions should I ask a faculty member?
• What theories or methods should I be familiar with?
• What might I borrow from educational and cognitive psychology?
• Are there a few key pieces of research I can draw on?

Additional discussion topics will include:
• Tools That Wag the Learning Dog,
• The Care and Feeding of Faculty Clients,
• Interviewing To Get The Right Details Upfront
• Will These Processes Increase My Overhead?

Participants will develop cases based on their actual experiences. Instructional designers will work through sample problems and give feedback to workshop participants who work in groups on the problems they bring with them. By the end of the session, each participant will have answered these questions for a real challenge they have faced.

Attendance is welcome from: IT, ed tech, library, and instructional design staff and administrators, as well as interested faculty.

Note:  Very experienced instructional designers may not find this workshop valuable, as it is more introductory in nature.

Enrollment limited to 50 people. 

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