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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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Posts by The i4 Blog

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 […]

The Difference Between Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, and Instructional Science

What is the difference between instructional design, and instructional technology, and instructional science? There are many different subsets of the field of instructional design, and […]

9 Tips for Planning to Teach Online

Whether you are teaching in the classroom or online, planning is a key component to your success. But teaching online can present some unique challenges […]

Learning Styles: The Ugly Christmas Sweaters of Education

When Christmastime comes, there are often ugly Christmas sweater parties. It’s fun to see who sports the ugliest sweater and everyone has a good laugh. […]

Emotional Intelligence and Instructional Design Leadership

Emotional Intelligence may be described as the “ability to reason about emotions” (Salovey & Mayer, 1997). Although psychologists Salovey and Mayer (1997) developed the concept, Daniel […]

How to Develop Yourself as a Learning Professional

The world is constantly changing and, as a learning professional, your role is constantly evolving. To remain relevant and have a positive impact in your […]