It’s not just about the Nutella: Building a Partnership between Learning Designer and Instructor

by John Dutton

Excerpt from the Penn State University Faculty Development Blog

September 16, 2016

two people working together on paper and with computer

This article has nice tips on how to work with an instructional designer and faculty as a team

One of my favorite parts of being a learning designer is working with instructors. It’s not only a chance to create a new course with ideas, but it’s an opportunity for a new work partnership. The idea-sharing, the collaborative work, and even the thrill of reaching a goal too close to a deadline are enriching.

Here are a few tips I’ve gathered over the years on building partnerships among designers and instructors:


To read more ideas on how to work with an instructional designer, click here.

Knowing Me, Knowing You


By: Karen Kear, Frances Chetwynd, Helen Jefferis

February 2015

Excerpt taken from Elearn Magazine

Research based article on using personal profiles in courses – are they useful or not?

Online communication is now used to build community and support learning in universities, schools, and many other organizations. This has benefits for learners and for teachers, but it also raises problems. One problem is that learners find some online environments impersonal.



For more research based information on using personal profiles click here.

Five Ways to Get Students Thinking about Learning, Not Grades

by Maryellen Weimer, PhD

Excerpt from Faculty Focus
April 12, 2017

This article has ideas on how to get students thinking in your class.

Somehow we’ve got to get students more focused on learning and more accurately understanding what it requires. So many students still cling to the notion that grades measure ability, and that good grades result from big brains, not time and effort devoted to study. How do we make the point that IQ matters far less than the commitment to hard work?

Most of us aren’t naïve enough to imagine whole bunches of students being converted to learning enthusiasts simply because we so convincingly proclaim that it matters. We need to be thinking more along the lines of water droplets eroding rock with a slow and steady drip, drip, drip. Forward movement too slow to see, but powered by a relentless commitment to reposition thinking about grades and learning. Here are five ideas that illustrate these less splashy ways of advancing the learning agenda.


To learn more about ways to get students thinking click here.

Innovations in Online Education

By: Matt Windsor
March 17, 2017

Excerpt taken from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Great articles to find ideas on using various technologies in the online environment using the Learning Glass, call in office hours, demonstration videos and more.

With more students than ever learning outside the traditional classroom environment, faculty across the university are pioneering new ways to enhance the digital education experience for undergraduates and graduate students alike…

For more ideas for use in your online course, click here.

Promoting Active Learning

Excerpts from Stanford University Teaching Commons

This article is written for face to face courses, but is very relevant and ideas can be used for online courses.

“Active learning” means students engage with the material, participate in the class, and collaborate with each other.  Don’t expect your students simply to listen and memorize; instead, have them help demonstrate a process, analyze an argument, or apply a concept to a real-world situation.

This research based articles that incorporate ideas for topics of “Facilitate independent, critical, and creative thinking; Encourage effective collaboration; Increase student investment, motivation, and performance.

To read more for active learning ideas, click here.