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Instructional Design & Technology

November 2, 2018

Development opportunities

November ID&T Lunch & Learn

November 28th, 12-12:45PM, Claver 306. At the November ID&T Lunch and Learn, Jeff Getchell, Director of Instructional Design & Technology, will provide an overview of the TLTM micro-grant program including the simple application process, timelines, and expectations when awarded a TLTM. The next round of funding for the Teaching and Learning with Technology Micro-grant program opens January 14th. Now in its sixth funding year, the TLTM program has funded over $80,000 in faculty projects focused on the improvement of the student learning experience using technology. Join us for pizza and conversation on how you can get up to a $1,000 individual or $2,000 group award to fund your innovative idea for improving student learning using technology.

Creating Effective Assessments

November 26 - December 2. Asynchronous. Register at An important component of successful online teaching is developing efficient assessment strategies and methods. In this workshop you will explore formative and summative assessment techniques used in online education and develop assessment strategies suitable for your online course. You will create a plan to help align learning objectives and activities with assessments. You will explore the differences between summative and formative assessments, and discuss strategies for implementing them. Integrating multiple forms of assessment allows students more opportunities to evaluate their performance.

Digital Fluency for the 21st Century

November 26 - December 2. Asynchronous. Register at What does it mean to be digitally fluent? Why does it even matter? As the digital world evolves, we are provided with opportunities to be creators, curators and contributors to the vast realm of the Internet, no longer just consumers of information. This workshop will enhance the perception of what it means to be digitally fluent through a self-assessment activity. In addition, participants will develop a plan to work towards digital fluency competence in relationship to individual skills, as well as course curriculum development and effective student learning in the classroom.

Full training schedule

Check out the ID&T Training website for more faculty development opportunities, including those from the Online Learning Consortium, featuring industry experts talking about best practices for the enhancement of online, hybrid, and blended teaching and learning. OLC workshop registration costs are paid for when registering through ID&T.

Latest research and articles

How to teach Gen Z

Generation Z is the demographic coming after the Millenials (Generation Y) and born in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s and now entering college. Gen Z is considered to be the first generation to have the internet widely available at a young age and to spend more than three hours each day using internet-capable devices for other than schoolwork. In the article "Self-Directed Learning and Augmented Reality: How to Teach Gen Z (The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 31, 2018), author Jeffrey Selingo interviews Dr. Vickie Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Dr. Cook mentions that Gen Z doesn't distinguish between synchronous and asynchronous learning. Always-on technology requires different methods for teaching including allowing the students to tell their stories using their choice of technology tools, creating immersive environments, and using flexible learning spaces.

Emerging technology access key to student success

In the article Increased Access to Emerging Tech Key to Student Success (Campus Technology, October 29, 2018), author Sara Friedman examines findings from the EDUCAUSE 2018 Students and Technology Research Study. The study of over 65,000 students found that over 99 percent had access to smart phones, laptops, and tablets. However, less than five percent had access to higher end technologies such as augmented and virtual reality devices, technology tools that have been shown to positively impact student learning.

2019 learning technology trends

The article Immersive Experiences Among Top Tech Trends for 2019 (Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, October 22, 2018) summarizes a report from Gartner, Inc. The report predicts that immersive technologies such as augmented, virtual, and mixed realities will continue to grow in popularity. Other technology trends for the upcoming year include blockchain; augmented analytics; artificial intelligence; and "digital twins", or digital representations of real world objects.

Upcoming conferences and exhibitions

Enhanced accessibility resources available to faculty

ID&T now has enhanced resources available to assist faculty in making their online course content accessible. the are found under the Resources tab on the ID&T main page. The site includes tutorials for creating accessible documents and PowerPoint presentations, the latest briefings on ADA laws and regulations, and help with putting together accessible video and audio files. Check out all of the useful resources on the Accessibility for Online Course Content website.

Instructional design and technology consultations

Visit with one of our designers or technologists to discuss how your web-based course materials can have a real impact on student learning. ID&T is located in Main Hall, Suite 335. Or send us an email at to schedule a personal consultation.

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