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  • 28 Feb 2016 8:56 AM | Jeff Zoller

    “Instructional design is both science and art; it is systematic and elegant. And, most importantly, instructional design is messy!” I wrote those words a couple of years ago to introduce graduate students in the Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT) program to the idea of iterative instructional design. It is the process of continually working through the entire design process to achieve meaningful, relevant instruction – but that can be messy work. And that’s because instructional design is rarely as straightforward or as pure as it might appear to be.

    I have been playing in this instructional design “sandbox” for close to 28 years, and I can tell you confidently – it’s still a very messy affair. For almost any design project, myriad ideas flit through my mind like bats refusing to roost.

    Seemingly inspired learning strategies turn out to be pedestrian, mundane; wonderful, engaging assignments flop, and activities intended to encourage learning succeed only in raising eyebrows. And that’s just during the analysis process!

    Messy instructional design is about the confluence of streams of creativity, uncertainty, experience, change, and ambiguity – the not-easy-to-define intangibles of instructional design that allow me to creatively bend – even break – the rules. It is not simply about applying learning theories or the latest instructional strategies and technologies (i.e., just knowing and applying the rules). Those are the things that keep me engaged and interested, or, as my wife would say, that keep me out of the pool hall.

    Now, let me be clear – messy instructional design does not connote unorganized, undisciplined, or haphazard work. On the contrary, engaging with the process and trusting it in all its systematic messiness requires organization, strategy, and planning. Without those, the entire enterprise, whether I’m developing a training seminar, designing a course, or creating a job aid, will quickly descend into chaos. And that benefits no one.

    Organization, strategy, and planning complement creativity, uncertainty, change, and ambiguity. And experience ties everything together. Out of the messiness, order begins to emerge. The bats find their roosts, the learning strategies become inspired, the assignments and activities take shape and become engaging.

    On another level, it is the messiness of instructional design that I want my graduate students to experience in the IDPT program – to dig down beneath the models, the procedures, and the analyses and get to the heart of the discipline – the intangibles that I mentioned earlier. I want to help my students make the transition from being an instructional design technician to being an instructional design craftsperson. In order for that to happen, they need to embrace the struggles, rejoice in the moments of discovery and clarity, work through the “iterative panic attacks” (as one student put it not long ago) and painful paradigm shifts that mark immersion into messy instructional design.

    My own journey to become an instructional design craftsperson began a long time ago, but I’ve not forgotten what brought me to this time and place: I discovered messy instructional design, embraced it, and learned to work within its malleable boundaries and wonderfully bendable rules. I think I’ll give it another few years and see how it works out.

    Originally published Dec. 17, 2015 for the i4 blog by the International Institute for Innovative Instruction [LINK TO: http://www.franklin.edu/international-institute-for-innovative-instruction].

    Author bio: Dr. Wood has worked as an instructional designer for over 27 years. He is the Program Chair for the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT) program [LINK TO: http://www.franklin.edu/instructional-design-performance-technology-masters-degree-program] , as well as a full- time design faculty at the International Institute for Innovative Instruction, at Franklin University in Columbus, OH, where he has served for over 16 years.

  • 16 Feb 2016 9:41 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Dear Central Ohio ATD members,

    The world of workplace performance and learning is constantly evolving. Whether it is new tools for creating learning experiences, new platforms for delivering performance tools or working within the limited time of our end users, our role is to help improve end user performance and workplace environments. 

    Improved performance and execution is being required of us as well. We recognize our ability to help you meet these expectations defines the value of a COATD membership. The value of membership is what will fuel and inspire COATD in 2016.  This year, we are committed to:

    • A new approach to programming – We will provide four webinar programs, four networking events and two all-day workshops. We will continue to look to our industry trends for programming topics and to local hiring professionals for short, impactful programs at our networking events.
    • A listening ear toward our membership – As with all previous leaders, the board of COATD turns to its members for guidance on your learning goals. We will reach out to you, have conversations and ask curious questions. In turn, we hope you will start a dialogue with us – via email, phone or at any one of the networking events.
    • An increase in communication and partnerships – In today’s day and age, communication is constant. We know you cannot listen to every channel throwing information your way. We will continue to share programs, events and new partnerships through email, our website and social media.

    It remains the constant endeavor of COATD to be the place you look for workplace learning and development resources, experiences and connection to other professional in the field. We invite you to join us, lend your voice and be an active member in 2016.

    Thank you,

    Sarah Bohman

    President 2016

    Letter also available on http://centralohioatd.org/PresidentLetter/

  • 16 Feb 2016 9:29 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Please join me in welcoming Randy Egolf as our chapter President Elect! Randy is a Training Manager with Alliance Data Retail Services. (Learn more about Randy on his LinkedIn page - https://www.linkedin.com/in/randyegolf/ or send him a note at randy.egolf@CentralOhioATD.org.

  • 07 Jan 2016 11:54 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Join me in welcoming Lisa Jolley-Bates as our new VP of Programming (2016-2017) and Terri LoGiudice as our new VP of Membership (2016-2017)!

    Feel free to send them a note!

    As always we'd love to hear from you! Feel free to contact any of your COATD Officers. http://centralohioastd.org/Board

  • 03 Dec 2015 10:45 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Innovations in Teaching & Learning 2016 encourages a broad range of research and perspectives on higher education from those from across the globe. The event is organized into four tracks that encompass the innovative and globally minded thinking the conference fosters:

    1. Challenging the Status Quo: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Innovative Education
    2. Emerging Technologies in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
    3. Assessment in Higher Education: What’s Working, What’s Not, and Why?
    4. International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

    Educators, innovators, and those in an any industry who share a passion for teaching and learning are invited to submit proposals for presentations through the embedded form below. The deadline to submit your presentation proposal is January 18, 2016. As always, conference registration is free to all presenters.

    http://engage.franklin.edu/te/tlhe-conference/innovations-in-teaching-learning-2016-presentation-proposals/

  • 05 Nov 2015 10:55 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Does your organization have a fully-staffed instructional design department? Or does your organization informally create training/education? Regardless of where your organization fits onto the scale of how formal your instructional process design is, the way your organization addresses design provides the basis for an instructional design process.

    A good instructional design process facilitates effective instructional design. To evaluate your instructional design process, ask yourself the following five questions:

    1. What is our instructional design process? Is it documented? If so, do I have easy access to that documentation? If it is not, why? Can I suggest documenting our process?

    2. Does the process we use restrict or enable our instructional designers to use their creativity and critical thinking skills, which leads to creating quality instruction?

    3. How do we measure the quality of our work?

    4. How do we evaluate our process?

    5. How can we improve our process?

    Use these questions as a starting point for a discussion with those in your organization who are concerned with achieving quality in instructional design, and move forward from there!

    This education spotlight is adapted from a blog post by Dr. Joel Gardner, Instructional Design & Assessment department chair at Franklin University. To see Dr. Gardner’s complete article, go to http://engage.franklin.edu/i4/2015/09/15/improving-your-instructional-design-process/

    To see all blog posts on a variety of instructional topics, go to http://engage.franklin.edu/i4/

    Bio: Barbara Carder, M.S. is lead content editor in the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University. She completed her master’s program at Franklin as well as the Graduate Certificate for Instructional Design. Carder has been a member of the Central Ohio chapter of ATD for many years, and enjoys networking with other education professionals.

  • 20 Oct 2015 8:00 PM | Jeff Zoller

    We are pleased to share that Ohio University is a Gold Sponsor! Checkout their Professional Instructional Design Certificate at https://www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/online-programs/professional-instructional-design-certificate.cfm

  • 20 Oct 2015 7:26 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Now through 10/30. Check your email for details!

  • 14 Sep 2015 10:31 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Come hear Alex Khurgin (http://buff.ly/1Ldq5V1) discuss bite sized learning at the next #CentralOhioATD More info http://buff.ly/1Ldq5V2

  • 14 Sep 2015 10:28 PM | Jeff Zoller
    We've reached the halfway point for Learn Camp and we're taking things offline. The ultimate benefit of all these social platforms is making personal connections and there's nothing better for that than meeting in person. So we're giving everyone the opportunity to connect face to face this coming Monday morning (9/21). There's no better way to kick of your week than connecting with your peers and sharing ideas that will propel you and your organization forward. 

    So come join us Monday Sept 21st, 7AM at the Panera on Lane Ave.  Bring your computer and/or mobile devices and we'll help you get connected and answer any questions you might have. Heck even if you don't have any questions just stop by and say hi!

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