Design Thinking… good stuff

design thinking process

design thinking process

It’s been a while since I posted on this here blog, but I just finished facilitating a design thinking workshop and it left me feeling re-energized and with an awesome sense of creative confidence. I am very glad I was introduced to this process, and it makes my day when I get to share it with others. I’m felling pretty stoked, and will be facilitating another workshop on August 13.

Oh, yeah, and I’ll be more active in here!

ricardo

7 Things You Should Know About Design Thinking

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Stanford announces 16 online courses for fall quarter

The university, which pioneered massive open online courses, unveils two new homegrown software platforms to host the courses.

You can take any of these course completely for FREE. These course currently do not get you college credits, but it looks like in a not to distant future universities will give students college credit for completing MOOCs successfully. Will this take a big bite out of community colleges and their market segment?

Are MOOCs the future of online learning? Are they good, bad, neither?

What says you?

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/september/online-courses-fall-090712.html

Infographic – Ed Tech Glossary

Awesome little infographic for beginners  put out by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Think of it as a glossary of terms. Also, bear in mind that the description of Instructional Technology given in this infographic is very simplified, and it only seems to refer to hardware and software. However, the description does not reflect what the profession and the field of study known as instructional technology are, so take that one as a simplified starter-description. Anyway, the rest of the chart should be pretty useful for anyone wanting to get started with speaking the lingo of instructional technology.

EdTech Cheat Sheet Infographic

Browse more data visualizations.

Some Traits of Successful Distance Learners

The evolving nature of teaching and learning

The nature of how teaching and learning is carried out is constantly evolving based on the ever-changing dynamic between multiple variables. Technology is perhaps the fastest evolving variable in a learning system. The advent of computers and the Internet have brought about drastic change to all facets of life, including education, and new technologies are being developed at lightning speed on a daily basis. Embracing web and media technologies for education requires a paradigm shift. Distance education is best achieved when it is learner-centered rather than teacher-centered. In this model the teacher becomes more of a guide on the sidelines rather than a sage on stage. The implication is that students are active participants in their own learning rather than passive listeners. This active learning approach enables students to “own” their newly acquired understandings.

Common Sense View Of Online Learning Environments

Learning Environments are Complex Adaptive Systems

Learning Environments are Complex Adaptive Systems

It is useful to think of learning environments as complex adaptive systems that evolve constantly based on the interactions amongst the various agents within, and sometimes from without, the system. As a student, it is useful to have a basic understanding of the role you play within the learning environment (complex adaptive system) in order perform proactively and efficiently. This leads to being effective (success). Think of students as agents, of teachers as super agents with special abilities, and content and technology as special agents. Now think of all the ways the various agents interact with each other! Where do you fit in? How should you perform to live up to your role in the system?

Successful Distance Learners Tend To Have The Following Traits*:

  • Are highly motivated self starters
  • Are self-disciplined
  • Are hands-on learners who like to be involved in driving their own learning process
  • Have access to a reliable computer, and have a contingency plan in the event of technology failure (technology will fail at some point, don’t panic)
  • Are comfortable communicating in writing
  • Possess good meta-cognitive skills
  • Have basic computer literacy skills, or are not timid about learning new technology
  • Are very adept at managing their time
  • Are able to work individually and as part of a team
  • Are able to perform candid self-evaluation
  • Have a can-do attitude

Do not worry if some of the traits just mentioned seem intimidating to you. What is most important in becoming a successful distance learner is that you have an open mind, are motivated to give it your best effort, and that you devote plenty of time to do the readings and assignments in your courses. This investment on your part will result in the achievement of those traits that will enable you to continue on successfully in you academic quest.

* This list is adapted in part from University of Illinois & the Illinois Online Network. 

http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp

Diseño instruccional: oficio, fase y proceso

La profesión y campo de estudio conocído como tecnología y diseño instruccional en su historia ha sido redefinído por lo menos cinco veces por organizaciones reconocidas y reputables como la AECT y la comisión presidencial. Agreguémos a eso el número de personas que piensan que la enseñanza en linea es el equivalente a technología y diseño instruccional, y también sumemos la creencia por parte de muchos que el diseño de páginas web es también un equivalente y ya tenemos una gran confusión sobre lo que es la profesión y campo de estudio llamado tecnología y diseño instruccional.

Naturalmente que con tantas variaciones en definición a través de los años, y con un gran número de personas entrando a la profesión (no tanto al campo de estudio) desde otras disciplinas, pero sin licencias ni titulos académicos respaldandoles como diseñadores instrcucionales de bona fide, la profesión y campo de estudio conocído como tecnología y diseño instruccional se ha vuelto un tipo de “mil usos” ya que todo mundo la define desde un punto egocéntrico al pensar que la definición consta de lo que cada uno hace en su trabajo. Por estas razones hay un entendimiento muy confuso y fragmentado sobre la definición actual de lo que es la profesión y campo de estudios llamado tecnología y diseño instruccional.

La intención de esta entrada no es criticar a los que desconocen ó están mal informados, sino de aclarar la definición, de acuerdo a las organizaciones profesionales y a practicantes e investigadores calificados, de esta profesión y campo de estudio.

Este es un excelente artículo sobre lo que es el diseño instruccional escríto en español por Andrés Chiappe Laverde como un comienzo al entendimiento para aquellos que se interesen en entender más sobre lo que es tecnología y diseño instruccional. Advierto que es un comienzo y no una guía definitiva. http://educacionyeducadores.unisabana.edu.co/index.php/eye/article/view/742/1718

Directrices para participar en este blog

Envíos conteniendo cualquiera de los siguintes serán suprimidos y la persona enviandolos será removida:

  • Ad hominem envíos — No se toléran ataques personales ni comentarios detestables hacia el administrador u otros participantes en este blog.
  • SPAM — No envie chatarra por favor. No estamos interesados en comprar nada, ni en enlargar ninguna cosa.
  • Comentarios irrelevantes –Su comentario no pertenece aquí si no se relaciona con lo siguiente: Diseño y Tecnología Instruccional, Sistemas de Tecnología instruccional,  Diseño Y Technología de Aprendizaje, Diseño, Educación, Evaluación, Entrenamiento para personal de corporaciones, Aprendizaje y Enseñamiento en Linea, ya se da usted una idea.
  • Obscenidad — No nos interesa leer que cosas le excitan ó le ponen a cien.
  • Comentarios anónimos — yo no tengo nada que esconder, y espero que usted tampoco. Por favor no use nombres falsos ni cuentas de correo eletrónico falsas.
  • Comentarios incendiarios — No se permite difamar a ninguno de los particpantes en este blog. Por favor respete los puntos de vista expresados.
  • Plagio —Si algo no es idea ó creación suya simplemente digalo, y de crédito a el autor original. Si usted miente tarde ó temprano la verdad surgira, y usted se verá como un tonto. Todos nos inspiramos por las palabras y las obras de otros. No hay nada de malo con eso, pero hay que dar crédito a los autores originales. No hay necesidad de mentir aquí.

Si usted no está segura/o sí su comentario es apropiado, por favor tomese la libertad de preguntar en  la categoria llamada “Questions (Q&A) – Preguntas y Respuestas”

Quizas revíse estas directrices en el futuro si se presenta la necesidad.

M. Ricardo Flores

Guidelines for participation in this blog

Postings that feature any of the following will be swiftly deleted:

  • Ad hominem postings — Personal attacks on yours truly or anyone of the participants in this blog is unacceptable. Hateful speech is not welcome here.
  • SPAM — Nobody likes ham in a can. If you are a spammer, bug off!
  • Irrelevant comments – It does not belong here if it is not about: Instructional Design & Technology, Instructional Systems Technology, Learning Design & Technology, Design, Education, Assessment, Corporate Training, eLearning, Online Teaching & Learning, you get the idea.
  • Obscenity — I don’t care about what turns you on.
  • Anonymous Comments — I got nothing to hide, and neither should you. Do not use a false name, or a fake email address. There is Craigslist for that.
  • Inflammatory comments — Defamation of any of the participants in this blog is unwelcome. Keep your libel to yourself.
  • Plagiarism — If it is not your idea or creation don’t lie and say it’s yours. We’ll figure out, and you’ll look foolish. Give credit where credit is due. We all are inspired by the words, and the work of others. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is wrong not to give authors credit for their works or ideas.

If you are unsure whether your post is appropriate, feel free to ask questions in the questions category.

I might revise these criteria if the need arises.

M. Ricardo Flores

De que se trata este blog

Ahora que estoy a punto de embarcarme en la busqueda de un doctorado (EdD) en educación con enfóque en Tecnología de Sistemas Instruccionales me doy cuenta que no solo es relevante, si no también necesario comenzar a registrar tanto mis reflexiones como todo los nuevos aprendizajes que voy adquiriendo en mi viaje académico y profesional.

Mi intención es utilizar este blog como un medio de refexión y aprendizaje de índole “personal”, pero a la vez abierto al mundo é invitando retroalimentación meditabunda, criticismo constructivo, preguntas, sugerencias, y comentarios por parte de personas con intereses académicos y profesionales similares a los mios.

En el párrafo anterior he escrito la palabra “personal” entre comillas, por que a pesar de que tengo metas personales para este blog, lo he abierto al público,  y por lo tanto es un foro público ó comunitario (suponiendo que haya suficiente interés y participación externa).

Por el momento estoy llamando el blog “learning + design + technology” el cual se traduce a “aprendizaje + diseño + tecnología” por las siguiente razones; a) no se me ha occurrido ningún nombre más fabuloso, b) WordPress no tenía disponibles los otros nombres que se me ocurrieron, y finalmente c) por que este título refleja mis intereses académicos y profesionales tanto como la naturaleza de el contenido que usted encontrará en este blog.

Haré todo lo posible por proveer citas en estílo APA cuando sean necesarias. Hasta donde me sea posible traduciré mis registros a el español para intentar obtener participación por parte de académicos y profesionales hispanoparlantes para incluir las perspectivas internacionales y aumentar la cantidad de contenido disponible en español, ya que la lengua predominante en la web hoy día es el inglés, y por lo tanto es necesario aumentar la participación hispanoparlante para democratizar la web.

Les agradezco su tiempo y atención a este blog, y les invito a particpar en él.

M. Ricardo Flores

What this blog is about

As I am about to embark on my quest for an EdD in Instructional Systems Technology I find it not only relevant, but also necessary to begin logging my reflections as well as any new learnings I come upon in my academic and professional journey.

I intend to use this blog as a “personal” learning/reflection environment that is open to the world and welcomes thoughtful and respectful feedback, questions,  suggestions, and commentary from similarly minded people. I have enclosed the word “personal” in quotation marks, because even though I have personal goals for this blog, it is open to the world, and thus it is also a public forum or community (assuming there is enough interest and external participation).

At this this time I am using the name “instructional design technology” because; a) I could not think of a catchier name, b) WordPress did not have available the other names I thought of, and c) because the title is reflective of my interests and the nature of the content you can expect to find in here.

I will do my best to provide citations in APA style when necessary, and will try to offer a translation in Spanish to hopefully get participation from Spanish-speaking academics and professionals to hopefully enrich the conversations in here by bringing in international perspectives.

M. Ricardo Flores