Deficit model versus the Bolster Perspective

Nigerfols Erena Voerjen, 愛怜夏, age 6, crayon and marker on scrap paper with father's encouragement. There is this perspective in education called the deficit model, deficit view, deficit perspective, or some other combination of deficit and some visually oriented term. What learners cannot yet do, or where they fail. It appears in practitioner publications like … Continue reading Deficit model versus the Bolster Perspective

The prospectus, proposal, and the dissertation

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the prospectus, the proposal, and the dissertation. This may be so because this task is one left to advisement and mentorship rather than formal instruction. An open and critical discussion on the purposes of these documents rarely happens among scholars for good reason. The interpretation of these documents … Continue reading The prospectus, proposal, and the dissertation

An Interview Protocol for Instructional Design Cases

We need more instructional design cases written by those who did not actually do the design, but where to start? I suggest interviewing the designer. Elizabeth Boling did the same in her case about the Alcatraz cell-house audio walking tour. I have done interviews twice now to begin design cases about designs I did not … Continue reading An Interview Protocol for Instructional Design Cases

The rhetoric of citations in Learning, Design and Technology

Citations are rhetoric, plain and simple. Each time you cite something, you are employing a rhetorical device. When you employ the device erroneously, you make the case to your reader that you don’t understand what you are trying to say. The most common rhetorical citation device I see is the consensus citation. A consensus citation … Continue reading The rhetoric of citations in Learning, Design and Technology

The Nutshell Studies: An audio instructional design case

Frances Glessner Lee, Parlor (detail), about 1946-48. Collection of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, courtesy of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD. Photograph by Susan Marks, Courtesy of Murder in a Nutshell documentary. I believe this is how my students feel during the academic crunch time in November, but … Continue reading The Nutshell Studies: An audio instructional design case

An organic peer review of an online class, and the Quality Matters rubric

The last teaching task I completed for the year 2014 was a two-part peer teaching observation with Dr Sara Lawrence. But, unlike the teaching observations I have done in the past, this one was for an online class. I had never done a teaching observation for an online class before. We had a standard checklist … Continue reading An organic peer review of an online class, and the Quality Matters rubric