Instructional Design News

Bianca Rowden-Quince & Andrea Fuentes - February 2023

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Self-Paced Microcourses: Passport to Learning

Have you ever wanted to learn more about a specific teaching & learning topic but only have an hour or so to commit? Would you like the chance to learn in small doses on your own time? SMCCD’s Instructional Designers have worked together to create a inaugural series of microcourses, short, self–paced learning modules offered through Canvas. These courses provide strategies and best practices in support of equitable course design and facilitation. You can choose from #Ungrading, Instructor Feedback, and Creating Student-Centered Syllabi. Learners will receive a badge and credit for flex hours. Interested? Let us know below. Courses will open on February 10!💕

Microcourse Interest Form



Are you ready to enhance your online teaching and learning? QOTL 2 is a 5-week advanced online teaching training offered fully online asynchronously that builds on QOTL 1. The goal is to invite you to look at one of your existing courses and re-imagine any components that you feel could be improved upon and/or enhanced. This training helps fit your individual learning needs with a Choose Your Own Adventure format. Participants receive 25-hrs of compensation at the applicable special rate.

Sign up here to participate in one of our Spring cohorts - Starting 2/13 or 4/3/2023

FOLKS TO FOLLOW - Devlin Peck & Christy Tucker

We recommend a couple of instructional /learning design folks that are worth following or subscribing to. Watch this short video from Devlin Peck (@DevPeck) on using the ARCS model of motivation when designing content for student engagement, and check out the article on storyteling in course design from Christy Tucker's blog (@ChristyATucker).
The ARCS Model of Motivation by John Keller

Video recordings and materials are available in the CTTL Faculty Repository for sessions you may have missed or want to watch again.