Edward Oneill joins me to talk about practical instructional design.
Practical instructional design
Edward Oneill, Senior instructional designer at Yale.
I know a little bit about a lot of things. – Edward Oneill (and also Diana Krall, etc.)
What Edward's clients often need
- intuitively-appealing ways of conceptualizing the learning process
- a survey of the relevant tools & which fit their needs & capacities
Edward's special skill
…finding the points in the learning process where assessment and evaluation can be woven in seamlessly
Design approach of Edward's early courses
- Made sure students had to do something every week
- Ensured consistent deadlines
- Weekly messages, creatively introducing them to that week
- Disconnected topics, no second chances
You don't learn anything by doing it once. – Edward Oneill
- Not opportunities for practice
I wanted to see it as the students' fault. It's so hard to get out of that [mindset]. – Edward Oneill
Biggest challenges in our teaching
- We know our content, but we don't realize how tightly packed our knowledge is…
- Edward's blog post about the Five stages of teaching
- Peter Newbury – prior Teaching in Higher Ed guest on episode #053 shared about recall / connections
Rehearsal and elaboration
It's about stepping away from the center and helping [students] communicate with each other. – Edward Oneill
Methods for incorporating assessment and evaluation into the design of courses
- Have shorter/smaller forms of assessment that aren't necessarily graded 100% of the time
- Use their performance as your own assessment
Bonni shares about teaching with Ellen's Heads Up iPad game
Jeopardy game as form of reinforcement
Parker Palmer quote
I am a teacher at heart, and there are moments in the classroom when I can hardly hold the joy. When my students and I discover uncharted territory to explore, when the pathway out of a thicket opens up before us, when our experience is illumined by the lightning-life of the mind—then teaching is the finest work I know. – Parker Palmer
There is a special privilege in people letting you help them grow and change. – Edward Oneill
On Becoming a Person, by Carl Rogers
As a teacher, I need to see you as a unique learner. If I really try to understand you and try to help you grow, it is not so much about information transfer; it is a more humane kind of relationship. – Edward Oneill
When you're passionate about teaching and you focus on it and you try to improve – you do. – Edward Oneill
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