Context over convention

What has always bugged me about Instructional design models is that they share almost all the same values. The most common of them even have similar processes. So why is there so much deliberation over which is better? Can’t we all just hold hands and sing Kumbaya? Via Zoom, of course. In an attempt to demonstrate the trends and nuances of common models, I was able to find some useful …

How much is too much?

Personally, social media has never been my jam. Hesitant to share too much, I typically take the cautionary approach of posting little. My last name on Facebook isn’t even Dooley. So when it comes to my professional online presence, I’ve been conflicted about how to share. It’s not the line between personal and professional with which I’m struggling, it is the saturation level of my personality in my digital identity …

Learning is eating

Why are there so many TV shows, even a whole channel, dedicated solely to food and cooking? Because everyone does it! It is a part of every day of your entire life. Personally, I’ve rarely been one to watch these types of shows but a recent bout of pandemic-induced insomnia convinced me to select Crazy Delicious on Netflix one night. Each episode is a competition between three different home chefs, …

It’s all about perspective

One of my dad’s sayings from my childhood was “always assume good intentions.” Growing up as an avid reader with an active imagination, my father’s advice would prompt me to consider various circumstances and motivations that may cause others to act in ways that I didn’t initially understand. This approach has pervaded many aspects of my life since; it may be why I study Instructional design today. Instruction is all …

Finding my way in self-directed learning

For one of my graduate courses, we were tasked with planning and following through with a self-directed learning project. I’ll admit it- I wasn’t especially enthused to work on this assignment initially. The steps surrounding the actual learning seemed arbitrary. However, reflecting on the experience now, I see how each part of the process was influential in the completion and success of the final product. Not only did I learn …

So many tech tools, so little time

Which apps work for what? If purchasing a tool/subscription, is it worth the price? How are you able to try them all? Like Jen writes in her blog post, How to Fail in Instructional Design, using something new is a risk and the consequences will vary. While some tools are free or have a free version, not all do. The features may pale in comparison to those of a premium …