The Road to Instructional Designer Credibility (Issue 19)

Credibility road sign

Dear ADDIE,

I am new to the instructional design profession. I got this job–which I love–because I taught online, used flipped classroom strategies, and redesigned my course several times—not because I have any training or education in this field. I also did not have the support I needed with my first supervisor (who has since left). I’m looking to re-image myself because my faculty see me and automatically think “Oh you just want me to teach online!” OR “You demanded I take a survey. Who are you to tell ME what to do?”

What do you suggest? I really want to help my faculty move toward the 21st Century in higher education.

Signed,

Reformation in Progress

Dear Reformation,

Thanks for your question! First of all, I hope you are keeping yourself safe. Even in the best of times, the scenario you present is challenging – yet quite commonly encountered. During the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation, it can be even more difficult to engage faculty in quality online instruction. If ever there was a time to consider yourself as a central figure in your institution, it is now. Instructional designers have been called upon to assist and play a vital role in supporting faculty in teaching remotely. There are a few strategies that can be used to navigate various organizational cultures.

More than ever, instructional designers are central figures for institutional teaching and learning goals.

#1 Ensure that you locate a faculty member who is an advocate for online teaching and learning. Once you do so, make every effort to build a healthy relationship. This will create a way for you to provide needed instructional guidance. Once you find this online champion, you will have access to others who may be interested. Remember, any cultural shift will take time.

#2 I would also recommend that you use the online Faculty Development Decision Guide (FDDG) to assess your organizational needs. Doing so will also provide you with a pathway for developing initiatives for supporting faculty.

#3 Since you have also taught online and have developed various courses, it will be necessary to model/show faculty members the endless possibilities of online teaching and learning. The most significant way to show your skills will be to demonstrate them in practice.

#4 Finally, I would also recommend that you start a series of communication with your faculty members. Your conversation could focus on current practices and research in online teaching and learning, tools, and technologies used in online learning and teaching, and your research. Importantly, I recommend that you consider hosting some informal sessions. These sessions could take the form of one-to-one meetings or group meetings. Your ultimate aim is to build rapport with faculty. Doing so will require time, understanding, support, engagement, and effective communication.

I’m sure there are many more tips that others in the community have found useful. What strategies do you use for effectively engaging faculty in the online course design process – especially during such challenging times as we are currently facing? Please share your thoughts with our community!

ISD | Closing the Gap

CALLING ALL INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS: Our upcoming virtual event entitled ISD | Closing the Gap is just around the corner. During this event, seasoned instructional designers will focus on methods, tips, and tricks used to help close the gap between concept and execution. Each session will last approximately 45min (including Q&A) and all sessions are expected to provide participants with practical skills, techniques, or ideas that can be used in a daily practice.

Don’t miss out on any of these AMAZING sessions, hosted by Tennessee Board of Regents, Google, Penn State World Campus, Amazon, Trivantis, Need a Story, Mayo Clinic, and Northcentral University. The event is sponsored by Trivantis and registration is FREE! Learn more by visiting us online at www.hillstockassociates.com/isdprogram

Online CoLAB Networking Event

This speed networking event connects instructional designers and technology professionals for a fun blast of conversational exchanges! The goals of this event are to:

  • Create a safe and engaging online environment in which participants can meet each other, exchange ideas and build foundations to start conversations and collaborations;
  • Spark collaborations, creativity, innovation and partnerships;
  • Support the participants’ engagement in the TOPkit Community.

Please contact Charlotte Jones-Roberts at Charlotte.Jones-Roberts@ucf.edu for questions or more information.

Register or learn more about the Online CoLAB today!

FLVC-IDN “Open Mic” Webinar

The goal of this event is to offer the IDN community members and friends a platform and forum where they can ask questions; share what they are working on; learn effective practices and experience on some critical issues or trends in the field of instructional design, instructional/learning technology, accessibility, OER, quality assurance as well as teaching and learning excellence.

Concept Mapping

FAU’s Center for eLearning invites you to participate in this free Professional Development sessions. They are offered to all FAU faculty and staff, and all eLearning professionals; you are our Community of Practice partners! Please join us, and tell a friend.

In this session, we will discuss the use of concept or mind mapping tools in eLearning. We will also share ways in which mapping tools have contributed to course success and how they can be further utilized in online learning.Con

Participate online via WebEx | Password: spring

Or join us at any CeL location. If you have a laptop and/or headset, please bring them. If not, we will do our best to provide them for you.

  • Boca Raton: CeL Training Lab, Building 4, IS-214
  • Davie: Liberal Arts Building, LA-203
  • Jupiter: Student Resources Building, SR-249