Sources of Cognitive Load

Stephen Downes comes right out of the gate in response to this article from The Learning Scientists: Sources of Cognitive Load: I would love to pull up a chair in a conference plenary where that statement is made. Largely because of how my peers (probably me at many points in history) act around so-called myths…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

Role of AI chatbots in education: systematic literature review

Labadze, L., Grigolia, M., & Machaidze, L. (2023). Role of AI chatbots in education: systematic literature review.¬†International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education,¬†20(1), 56. Overview The article systematically reviews the role of AI chatbots in education, analyzing their benefits, challenges, and potential limitations. It examines the integration of chatbots from the perspectives of students…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

What is the purpose of educational technology?

Martin Weller kicks off an interesting question, that honestly, would be an amazing session in an EdTech program (hint hint), what is the purpose of educational technology? Martin proposes: Improve learning performance: Educational technology aims to enhance learning outcomes as measured by assessments and tests, though long-term impacts on performance may vary. Making learning more…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

Learning Design for an age where old norms are fading away

Neil Mosley shared thoughts in the post by the same title. He discusses the transition in higher education towards lifelong learning. He critiques the traditional educational model for not meeting contemporary needs and underscores the importance of flexible, multidisciplinary learning designs. He emphasizes the need for sophisticated design methods and a deep understanding of learner…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

Thinking of Mountains and Streams

Bits and pieces of something about this have been in the back of my mind for too long, given I’m just sitting down to write about it today. In the landscape of ISD, occasionally, you’ll end up with a project that is an actual opportunity to look at skills and competency mapping. Sometimes this looks…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

Bailing on Bloom

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged that I thought I couldn’t return without a splashy post. Well, that’s not quite the case, actually. This one has been rolling around in the back of my mind for a little while. If you’ve been around instructional designers, educational developers, a center for teaching and learning, or…

By JR January 25, 2024 Off

156 Ways to Improve Your Instructional Design

The field of instructional design has grown more complex, requiring modern designers to have expertise in various areas, from learning theory to emerging technologies like AI and AR. To help designers keep up, the Learning Guild community compiled an eBook with 156 practical tips and tricks from fellow professionals. The eBook covers strategies for managing…

By JR September 27, 2023 Off