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This blog is a part of the International Institute for Innovative Instruction (i4), an organization which employs effective design practices to create interactive and engaging learning experiences for diverse learners around the world. In this blog we share best practices in elearning and instruction.

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Assessment as an agent for change!

I recently attended two assessment-related conferences: the AALHE (Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education) 7th Annual Conference and the SAARC (Student Affairs […]

Critical Reflection is More than Just Looking in a Mirror

“Magic mirror on the wall – who is the fairest of them all?” spoken by the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs […]

Caring for Lawns and University Courses: Fixing Common Problems with Deliberate Treatments for Good Growth

It is springtime and that means lawns are growing. What do you do to help your lawn along in the spring? Many people just start […]

3 Key Principles for Increasing Self-Confidence & Engagement in Online Developmental Math Courses

Most students who enter colleges need basic math skills to succeed in college-level mathematics. Therefore, most colleges provide “a sequence of developmental mathematics courses that […]

3 Top Leadership Competencies for Instructional Designers

A successful instructional designer not only needs to be excelling in design and development, but also needs to be a leader, a change agent, and […]

Begging the Question: Strategies to Increase Student Performance

Begging the Question: Strategies to Increase Student Performance If you’re an instructional designer or an instructor, you undoubtedly know a lot about questions. You know […]

E-Textbooks: Making Course Resources More Accessible and Affordable

The Textbook Problem The affordability of, and accessibility to, lower cost course resources such as textbooks and supplementary materials in higher education is a growing […]

Let’s Get Real about Learning

The primary reason instructors are interested in integrating real world tasks into the classroom stems from a belief that learning that emulates real life is […]

How to Make Assessment Meaningful

One of the challenges with assessment is answering the “so-what” question. After the initial nationwide calls for assessment more than three decades ago, most institutions […]

Change, Ambiguity, and Uncertainty: On Becoming an Expert Instructional Designer

“If you can learn to tolerate change, ambiguity, and uncertainty, you will be successful in this field.” That was the answer my supervisor gave me […]

How to Use Media Effectively in Online Courses

In the online higher education community, course designers are constantly trying to develop courses that reach beyond the learner simply staring at a static screen. […]

Online Experiential Learning: Bringing the Courtroom to the Classroom

What is Experiential Learning? Experiential learning (EL) is the “process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (Corbett, 2005, p. 479). As Kolb […]

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