Reflections on Learning Success

Dr. Joel Gardner's thoughts on instructional design, learning, and success.

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Professional Development in Instructional Design

In the absence of growth, atrophy. The world is constantly changing, and as a learning professional, your role is constantly shifting. To remain relevant and […]

Notes on Innovation in Instructional Design

Innovation in instructional design generally revolves around three major areas: Technology, Process, and Theory. Technology - innovations in technology for learning typically yield several benefits: […]

The Critical Question: What Should I Do Right Now?

I just had an interesting and slightly stressful experience. Within about a 5 minute time period, I had the following take place: My brother contacted […]

The Importance of Balance

One thing I have been thinking a lot about is the need of balance in life. Just like Mr Miyagi taught Daniel in The Karate […]

7 Ways to Build Your Emotional Immunity

If you're like most people, there are probably times when life gets you feeling like this guy: As you probably know, it's hard to accomplish anything […]

The 2 Essential Steps of Time Management

I have read hundreds of books on the topic and have recently been studying time management. There are all kinds of systems out there for […]

Our Visit to Historic Williamsburg, Virginia

I mentioned briefly in a previous post that Katie and I have adopted 4 children. This brings our family total to 7 (including the two […]

Art from Children's Supplies

What artwork can you create out of children's sticker books and art materials?  The other week I was sitting with several family members who were […]

Life, Adoption, and Future Writing On This Blog

I haven't written for a while because of a large family change. To summarize, our family has grown significantly - we have adopted 4 beautiful […]

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

How should you ask someone to write you a letter of recommendation? The most important rule is to make it as easy as possible for the […]

Music to Write To

As promised, here are the top 5 tracks I like to listen to while writing.  (I often use YouTube for my listening experience. It has […]

A Few Notes on Writing

To write is to think and to think is to learn.  I have taken a vacation day today to focus on writing. For several months […]