Introducing Flow and Timeboxing in College Curriculum

Being the writer, designer and a primary facilitator for the orientation courses for our university’s associate and bachelor courses has given me a wonderful opportunity to continually and iteratively improve the quality of the course for both student learning and faculty effectiveness. I note faculty effectiveness as crucial for any course design because student learning cannot be maximized if the faculty are overwhelmed with busy grading. If there is nothing else to justify curriculum designers, it is this balance of … [Read More]


Practicing Agile in Curriculum Design

Scott Marsee, my lead instructional designer, and I were fortunate in our networking at the ASTD 2012 conference this past January with our introduction to Dr. Steven Villachica, a tenured associate professor at Boise State University’s School of Engineering. He is currently teaching an advanced instructional design course for master level students, and when he heard of our successful agile curriculum design techniques, asked if we would present a webinar to his students. This was a wonderful opportunity to get … [Read More]


Systemic Resolution in Curriculum Design

There is a certain amount of pride that I have with our current curriculum development process in that it is very systemic to reduce conflicting information and formatting across courses as well as addressing academic rigor necessary for a top quality degree programme. However, there are several levels of system resolutions available for curriculum design, including the facilitator level. We have started developing communities of practice to represent each expertise area so that while faculty cannot physically change the curriculum … [Read More]


Embracing and Exposing Scholarly Work in Agile

This is my call for help! As a doctoral student, one of my passions is lean and agile practices in academics both as a curriculum designer and higher education administrator. I am hopeful that my dissertation will be the qualitative exploration of links between agile intentionality and sustainability in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. A lead-up into this dissertation planning is a major thesis on systems in academics, with a strong focus on lean and social systems. In fact, the application … [Read More]


Being Effective in an Interruption-Rich Environment

Having both worked in a cube farm and remotely from home, reflection of the types of interruptions and ways to mitigate them are completely different for each environment. Regardless of the environment, however, the question is how to be effective in an interruption-rich environment…which, by the way, is pretty much everywhere given social media, smart phones and tablets at constant arms reach. My discovery has been to not fight the situation in order to put into place what I assume … [Read More]


Managing Deadlines in Kanban

The word deadline is an ugly one. Creativity and innovation, in my experience, come from my free moments when I do not have the black cloud of deadline over me. Either that or the deadline is so upon me that I have to come up with an innovation in order to make it in the first place because I procrastinated so magnificently. However, the stress involved with that type of innovation usually results in post-success distraction due to either celebration … [Read More]


ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 Learning Reflection

The attendance of this conference provided a great deal of perspective of the direction for our university’s online team and curriculum in the crucial next year or so as we realize a new growth through our two new masters degrees and now bachelors of science in nursing for current RNs. Undergraduate degrees have become patterned for us to develop quickly, but the BSN-RN provides a new challenge with a special practicing field that has an audience with much more specific … [Read More]


Articulating the Message

A challenge to every speaking experience is to reach your audience. We create buzz words and phrases, images, and other artifacts to ensure that the message is clear, but cross-industry communication is challenging. As an educator, I am in a unique position of applying agile methodology to formal academia both as an administrator and in the curriculum design process. This unique position is that the Agile community knows little to nothing of my efforts in formal education while formal education … [Read More]


Storymapping with Kanban

My previous experience with speaking and presenting left me with a sense of excitement and motivation to share my story of implementing agile techniques with the Agile community at Agile 2011 in Salt Lake City. However, this would be the first attempt at sharing stories in a different industry than my own home turf of the educational world. There are only a billion ways to story-map, limited only by the creativity of the planner. My need for visualisation left me … [Read More]


Personal Kanban Planning at Different Levels

Experimentation is a constant learning process, and one that I have had very positive results from in 2011 regarding my personal kanban efforts. It is extremely difficult to let go of “I’m right” and develop a mindset of “discovering right”…and even further, understand that the discovery process is a continual one with no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As my Tae Kwon Do instructor said at the beginning of each meditation, we must strive for perfection … [Read More]


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About Marian

My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.

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