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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]


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]


Instructional Design Applied to Agile Coaching

Agile coaching requires observant facilitation with an ability to engage learners actively. This parallels almost identically with accelerated adult learning at the university level. “Guide on the side” instead of “sage on the stage” is a common mantra necessary for all effective facilitators to embrace when motivating adult learners. There are scores of interactive instructional strategies that not only provide relevance to the learners, but also allows for quantifiable assessment of the learning growth. However, for this post, I will … [Read More]


Applying Network Analysis to Social Media Relationships

My doctoral efforts on a thesis about social change has led me to the edges of the network analysis world, and how practical applications of it can be utilized to improve our understanding of social media relationships.


Connectivism: A Digital Social Learning Theory

Connectivism is best grasped as social learning theory rebranded for the digital age and communities of learning within that age. As a result, the theory’s principles remain steeped in social learning theory, while its application is adjusted for modern technology and the uniqueness of online communities. It is a difficult concept to truly investigate as it is still in development and there is much unknown about it. However, a guiding concept of connectivism is that it is a learning theory … [Read More]


Practice-Oriented Discussion Structure

It was asked that I provide some concrete examples of the practice-oriented style of discussion guidance, something that was discussed in a previous blog post where Baran and Correia (2009) reported four design paradigms that an instructor used in practice-oriented style facilitation approach. The basic premise of practice-oriented style of discussion guidance is to not have the discussion encompass only the reading, but also provide the student’s own contexts and experiences. For example, the situation below involved students who were … [Read More]


Effective Discussion Leading

It is often assumed that the purpose of the online discussion forum is to replace the interaction available in face to face learning environments, but Levine (2007) suggests that it provides constructivist learning and community development that is not necessarily present in onsite learning. The connection between constructivism and community development is the construction of knowledge through collaboration. While this is a higher level of learning than the lower taxonomies of acquiring and understanding, it also provides a higher responsibility … [Read More]


Kanban in University Setting

While the flow provided by Kanban is something that provides advantage to any process, implementing it in a command and control environment poses challenges due to superiors requiring proof of effectiveness before implementation. Additionally, the concept of flow that can be visualised in a variety of ways can be difficult to grasp for more traditional minds.


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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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