Instructional design takeaways from UPCEA 2018

Posted by Lynée Sanute on Oct 2, 2018 11:33:03 AM

The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) held their Central Region Conference in St. Louis September 26-28, 2018. I was pleased to see that instructional designers held a steady presence throughout the conference. Our role is often misunderstood, so positive exposure on a regional and national level will expand local collaborations with faculty and programs.

I presented on my work designing and implementing asynchronous, instantaneous communications assessments with the Master of Science in Palliative Care program on the CU Anschutz campus. In my session, I focused on integrating soft skills with content, which was well received by attendees. It was interesting to hear the perspectives from those in attendance, who voiced the need to incorporate scalable soft skills assessment in their curriculums. Disciplines represented included pharmacy, veterinary medicine, mass communications, and autism outreach services.

Top takeaways from my session include:

  • Design high stakes, timed assessments that incorporate communication skills (written or oral) to disrupt the cycle of papers and week long discussion boards often seen in the online classroom.
  • Incorporate students’ reflections on their performance in these assessments to promote a growth mindset.
  • Create and use rubrics that cover demonstration of content expertise and soft skills (eye contact, demonstration of empathy, use of jargon, etc.).
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Topics: Instructional Design, UPCEA, conference report


Posted by Jason Drysdale on Feb 6, 2018 3:21:31 PM

A few weeks ago, the CU College of Nursing (colloquially known as the CON) received a well-deserved accolade from U.S. News & World Report—recognition as the fourth best online Master’s in Nursing program in the U.S. There are so many people responsible for this incredible honor—from brilliant, engaged faculty to a fantastic student affairs and diversity team to program directors and deans who empower innovation. I’d like to focus in on a few areas of the organizational culture of the CON that contributed to this success, specifically through the partnerships that characterize the design, teaching, and learning work of the college.

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Topics: CU Online, Instructional Design, College of Nursing, partnership, Collaborative Program Design

Designing Effective Discussions

Posted by Sarah North on Oct 2, 2017 9:31:46 AM

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Topics: CU Online, Discussions, Instructional Design, faculty training, Designing Effective DIscussions,

Instructional Design: Evaluating Active Learning

Posted by Glenda Robertson on Jul 13, 2017 9:56:13 AM


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Topics: CU Online, Instructional Design

Designing Active Learning for the Online Classroom Part 3

Posted by Glenda Robertson on May 31, 2017 3:48:21 PM

This blog post is the third in a series about active learning course design. 

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Topics: CU Online, Instructional Design, active learning, pedagogy

Designing Active Learning for the Face-to-Face Classroom

Posted by Glenda Robertson on May 9, 2017 8:32:22 AM

This blog post is the second in a series about active learning course design.  The first post provided an evidence-based perspective on how moving from a lecture paradigm design to an active learning design improves student learning.  This second post explores how to design active learning for the face-to-face classroom.     

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Topics: Online faculty training, Instructional Design, face to face, active learning, higher education, faculty training

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