Stochastic designs and stochastic learning objectives

We need more accurate terminology to describe the instructional strategies we employ in our designs. The term learning objective is far too vague to be of much use. This blog post explains how the term fails and offers an additional term, stochastic learning objective, to clarify differences among instructional strategies. Not all learning is stochastic, … Continue reading Stochastic designs and stochastic learning objectives

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

Projects for transformational learning

CATPALS this year focuses on Environmental Issues and all TAMUT registered students can pick up their free copy of Allen's The Good Food Revolution at the Student Success Center-UC330. Go get it and get involved! Universities, colleges and other types of learning institutions often pursue projects that initially start as non-credit bearing activities until they … Continue reading Projects for transformational learning

Campus Pack (CP) addition for Blackboard: A usability review

I was asked to review Campus Pack (CP), a Blackboard overlay that attempts to improve on Blackboard functionality. Here are the issues I found. 1. Campus Pack lacks scent trails, or an intuitive design Intuitive design is the feeling that a device makes sense from the user perspective. Campus Pack seems to challenge the user, … Continue reading Campus Pack (CP) addition for Blackboard: A usability review