Latest announcements from
Instructional Design & Technology

November 30, 2018

TLTM Micro-grant CFP opens January 14th

Call for proposals for the Teaching and Learning with Technology Micro-grant program opens January 14th and remains open through February 15th. The Teaching and Learning with Technology Micro-grant is an ID&T program for funding small-scale and innovative instructional initiatives promoting the use of learning technologies that will enhance the student learning experience. The competitive program awards up to $1,000 for individual projects and up to $2,000 for group projects. A combined total of up to $20,000 can be awarded during a single year funding period. The TLTM program has funded over $80,000 in innovative faculty projects since its inception in 2013. Head over to the TLTM website for additional information.

Holiday pet food drive

Instructional Design & Technology is once again assisting The Senior Hub with the collection of pet food and pet toys for low income seniors who may not be able to afford these items for their pets. Items being collected include:
  • Dry bags of dog and cat food (max. 20 pounds);
  • Canned dog and cat food;
  • Pet toys and treats.
Items can be dropped off at the donation box located in Main Hall, just east of the second floor entrances, or in the ID&T office suite in Main Hall, suite 335. Donations will be picked up Dec. 14 and delivered over the holidays. For more information, contact Jeff Getchell at 303-964-5429 (x5429) or Senior Hub Coordinator Johanna Gianiano at 720-850-2248. The Senior Hub is a senior services agency offering support and referrals to older adults primarily in the north Denver metro area.

Development opportunities

Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction and Engagement

December 10 - 16. Asynchronous. Register at Student engagement can be one of the most important indicators for a successful class experience. In this workshop, you will explore theories and practices that foster student engagement in your own courses, including the use of multimedia feedback, discussion techniques, and group involvement. You will learn about the barriers to engagement, and how you can best address these challenges, and develop a plan for your course which will lead to greater student involvement and engagement.

New to Online: Essentials Part 2, Converting Your Course

December 10 - 16. Asynchronous. Register at Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design. In this workshop, you will develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment. You will learn to determine when to use asynchronous or synchronous methods, and you will explore tools for easily converting various types of content into web-appropriate formats.

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. Please note that due to their increasing popularity, OLC workshops are limited to one workshop registration per faculty per month. Thanks for your understanding.

Latest research and articles

Jobs, Education and the Learner/Worker

In the article Jobs, Education and the Learner/Worker (Inside Higher Ed, November 28, 2018) Dr. Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning and the University of Illinois, Springfield, discusses the importance of strengthening the link between higher education and employment needs. A key point is brought up about how diplomas are many times viewed as an ending point, while in reality the need for continuing to build on the lessons and skills learned is a key factor for continued employment.

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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