Category Archives: Educational Technology

I’m becoming a Futurist!

This fall, at the University of California-Berkeley (UCB), I was selected to participate in the first cohort of Research, Teaching, and Learning staff to learn future thinking skills. This involves taking Coursera’s online Futures Thinking Specialization certificate program with the general public, reading three books selected by our team leaders, practicing the skills, discussing signals and drivers of the future,

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Community of Inquiry: Research to Practice

My peers and I from the Division of Distance Learning with Association of Educational Communications and Technology gave this webinar in June that highlights research to practice of the community of inquiry framework by educators and instructional designers. Here’s the recording. I focused on my action research and general application of the Online Community of Inquiry Syllabus Rubric. I briefly

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Online Teaching Readiness Needs Assessment

I created this questionnaire prior to collaborating with instructors preparing for online course design. It helped me gather their prior knowledge and better address where to begin the instructional design process. Also, surveys serve as a way to inform the participant. Feel free to adapt and use it with your instructors, as this one is based on the Canvas LMS

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My Second Research Publication

I developed the Online Community of Inquiry Syllabus RubricĀ© (OCOISR) during my doctoral studies with the support of my Professor, Dr. James Van Haneghan, and peer input from other students. This new publication is about my two case studies reviewing syllabi with it. “It serves as a proactive way to determine the inclusion and strength of interactive treatments that support

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Redesigning Online Discussions for Social Presence

A woman is working on laptop with documents.

A community of inquiry (COI) includes the social, cognitive, and teaching interactions among students, instructors, and experts in the field, as well as their interaction with the content provided. The presence of all three types of interactions are essential to the communication loop for an online COI (Garrison, 2000). Cognitive presence is the engagement in learning activities that demand higher-order

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My First Research Publication

My peer, Susie Gronseth, and I conducted a case study research about active learning and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework this year. It was published in an open access journal. Our paper is titled, Apply UDL to Online Active Learning: Instructional Designer Perspectives. Check it out! We hope to present our findings at this year’s Association of Educational

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Finding and Creating Images for Online Courses

Images can shape the narrative of your online course and affect students’ learning. Bruning et al. (2011) recommend imagery as a way to encode information. The three most important things to consider when selecting an image are copyright, inclusion, and purpose. Your school’s librarian can help you navigate the copyright and fair use practices; otherwise, review the US government site

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Kapi’olani Community College Free Online Conference 2020 Recordings

I’ll be attending the University of Hawai’i Kapi’olani Community College Summer Camp next week for the first time. It’s not an actual camp but rather the theme for the conference: group excursions, open swim, fireside chats, story circles, and camp counselor sessions. Come check it out with me, a camp counselor! I’ll be keynoting on Thursday, August 6 at 10:00

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