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Foundations to Skyscrapers: Stages of Quality Design (Issue 17)

Dear ADDIE, Our department is working on a foundational framework that will pull together various processes and guidelines faculty encounter when working on developing and implementing their courses and programs…Our faculty development will ...
Not a Magician Spock, Just an Old Country Instructional Designer (Issue 16)

Not a Magician Spock, Just an Old Country Instructional Designer (Issue 16)

Dear ADDIE, I’m in our on-boarding meeting and I can see it in my subject matter expert’s eyes. The telltale signs of upcoming resistance – eyes not meeting mine, arms crossed, and lots of silent sighs. They are saying everything’s fine, there have ...
Becoming a More Proactive Faculty Whisperer (Issue 15)

Becoming a More Proactive Faculty Whisperer (Issue 15)

Dear ADDIE, As an instructional designer, how could I improve buy-in or motivate my faculty to be more proactive in their approach to accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in their online course design? Signed, Faculty Whisperer ...
Happily Ever After: Positive Working Relationships Between Instructional Designers and Faculty (Issue 14)

Happily Ever After: Positive Working Relationships Between Instructional Designers and Faculty (Issue 14)

Dear ADDIE, I am new to the instructional design profession. I took this job– which I love– because I taught online, used flipped classroom strategies, and redesigned my course several times; it was not because I have any training or ...
Same Music, Different Rhythm: Missing the Beat in Project Management (Issue 13)

Same Music, Different Rhythm: Missing the Beat in Project Management (Issue 13)

Dear ADDIE, I am an instructional designer (ID) at a large university who works on a large team of instructional designers (15+); we collaborative on a variety of projects that I mostly enjoy. For example, we may work with our faculty and several ...
More than Meets the Eye: Helping Faculty Understand the ID Role (Issue 12)

More than Meets the Eye: Helping Faculty Understand the ID Role (Issue 12)

Dear ADDIE, I am an instructional designer at a small community college, but I am experiencing a problem that will probably resonate with other instructional designers: the faculty with whom I work (mostly well) appear to have little understanding ...
Running on Empty: Injecting Instructional Power into Narrated PowerPoints (Issue 11)

Running on Empty: Injecting Instructional Power into Narrated PowerPoints (Issue 11)

Narrated PowerPoints – how my faculty love them!  ADDIE, I have an issue that I suspect is one that is facing instructional designers and faculty developers all across the country.  The faculty at my Large Public University believe that ...
Don’t Wait to Go Deeper: Cultivating Higher Thinking in Beginning Classes (Issue 10)

Don’t Wait to Go Deeper: Cultivating Higher Thinking in Beginning Classes (Issue 10)

Dear ADDIE, I am an instructional designer at a large southern university and I recently had coffee with a faculty member (“Jesse”) who posed this challenging question to me: In upper-level classes, it can be pretty easy to create learning ...
Right Foot, Right Steps: Collaborating on a "New" New Faculty Orientation (Issue 9)

Right Foot, Right Steps: Collaborating on a "New" New Faculty Orientation (Issue 9)

Dear ADDIE, I am a senior instructional designer at a small liberal arts college in the South. I have been asked to head-up a somewhat daunting project: to transform our institution’s new faculty orientation (NFO) from its current face-to-face ...
Mining for Gold in Your Own Backyard: Faculty Sharing and Working Across Departments (Issue 8)

Mining for Gold in Your Own Backyard: Faculty Sharing and Working Across Departments (Issue 8)

Dear ADDIE, I’m an instructional designer at a large public institution, working on a team that supports hundreds of online instructors within dozens of departments. As we work across disciplines, we see creative problem solving, enthusiasm, and ...
Looking to “Up” my ADA Game (Issue 7)

Looking to “Up” my ADA Game (Issue 7)

Dear ADDIE: I am an instructional designer who feels very comfortable with just about all of the various parts of my job: working with faculty to develop high-quality online courses, staying on top of new developments in the field of online ...
Revving Up Online Courses Without Getting Off Track (Issue 6)

Revving Up Online Courses Without Getting Off Track (Issue 6)

Revving Up Online Courses Without Getting Off Track  Dear ADDIE: In many ways, I have a happy problem: the faculty at my institution have embraced online teaching and recognize its benefits to their students, the university, and themselves.  As ...
Second-Hand Courses But NOT Second-Rate Instructors (Issue 5)

Second-Hand Courses But NOT Second-Rate Instructors (Issue 5)

Second-Hand Courses But NOT Second-Rate Instructors (Issue 5) Dear ADDIE: Perhaps you can help us. My colleagues and I are noticing a pattern. In some cases, the instructors who created online courses are no longer the ones teaching them. I’ve ...
The “Quickest Route” Isn’t Always (Issue 4)

The “Quickest Route” Isn’t Always (Issue 4)

The “Quickest Route” Isn’t Always Dear ADDIE: As instructional designers we are sometimes frustrated to see our faculty use publisher materials as the basis for their online courses. While it is possible to integrate these kinds of materials ...
Experience (with Great Engagement) Really Can Be the Best Teacher (Issue 3)

Experience (with Great Engagement) Really Can Be the Best Teacher (Issue 3)

Experience (with Great Engagement) Really Can Be the Best Teacher Dear ADDIE: My faculty clients are struggling with meaningfully engaging their students online. Some question the value of online discussions entirely while others recognize the ...
You’ll Get the Keys When You Pass Your Driver’s Test! (Issue 2)

You’ll Get the Keys When You Pass Your Driver’s Test! (Issue 2)

You’ll Get the Keys When You Pass Your Driver’s Test! Dear ADDIE: We have quite the quandary here.  Just as at most institutions, use of the learning management system has become integral to our delivery of instruction, regardless of modality. ...
Quick Questions

Quick Questions

Posting of brief questions not pertinent to other TOPkit forums is also invited here. (Please check out the Topical Discussions forum first.) “ADDIE” will reply periodically, but community replies are welcomed also. ...
I Heard it through the Grapevine… They’re Forgetting! (Issue 1)

I Heard it through the Grapevine… They’re Forgetting! (Issue 1)

Dear ADDIE: We provide our faculty with an array of training options, from full “programs” to become an online instructor, developer or peer reviewer, to short courses which include topics like using YouTube effectively, creating presentations in ...