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Instructional Designers' Learning Exchange

Instructional Designers' Learning Exchange

The Instructional Designers' Learning Exchange (IDLE) is a series of webinars provided by the QM IDA. The webinars are available for free to QM IDA members only. Sessions are scheduled for one hour, with approximately 30 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q & A with the presenter and each other, for a true learning exchange!

All IDLE webinars are recorded and available to QM IDA members via MyQM. To view recordings:

  1. Sign in to MyQM.
  2. Select the "Reference Library" menu.
  3. Select the IDA Learning Exchange link.
  4. Select the recording you wish to view.

If you are interested in hosting a webinar on a topic related to instructional design, please fill out the IDLE Webinar Proposal Form.

Upcoming IDLE Events



June 27, 2019
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

ID Tokenomics: Taking Project Management to the Bank

Presented by Alex McDaniel, Associate Director of Instructional Design at MSU Denver

Alex McDaniel

Changing culture isn't easy and changing one within higher ed can seem impossible. Join MSU Denver as we share our award-winning, adaptive approach to project man

A former US Army Military Intelligence Noncommissioned Officer, Alex McDaniel earned his BS in Organizational Communication from MSU Denver, his MA in Instructional Design and Adult Learning from the University of Colorado Denver, and currently supports MSU Denver as the Associate Director of Instructional Design. Recent awards include eLCC's Learning Technologist of the Year, Blackboard Catalyst, and the Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice.agement and course design. This economics-inspired framework has changed our culture, and it can change yours too. At MSU Denver we know that actualizing the future of education we envision only comes from courageous and disruptive change. In this session, we explore the Course Design Xchange (CoDeX), an innovative, QM-informed, tokenomics-inspired approach to instructional design and project management which ensures quality, equity, accountability, and continuous improvement.

November 28, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Meet AURS: Your New Resource for Accessibility and Usability Challenges

Presented by Kathy Tally, Professional Development Specialist for Quality Matters

Kathy Tally

The site — built by QM members for members — is your go-to resource for addressing key accessibility and usability concerns, including Universal Design, alternative text, video captioning, accessible MS Office products, and more. Kathy will walk you through the different topics available on AURS and introduce you to important features such as forums that allow you to connect directly with accessibility experts and videos that show you step-by-step changes you can make to increase the accessibility of your course. Plus, discover how the site came to be and additional topics that will be added in the coming months. Kathy Tally holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and currently works as a Professional Development Specialist for Quality Matters. She has been involved with Quality Matters since 2007 and has held the role of Quality Matters Coordinator, and still holds QM roles of Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, F2F Facilitator, and Online Facilitator. Prior to working for QM, Kathy was the Director of Instructional Systems at Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences. She also has over ten years of teaching experience in higher education including face-to-face, blended, and online courses.

September 25, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Student Device Preferences for Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning

This presentation shares the results of a survey of more than 2,000 students who took online courses at Oregon State University through Oregon State Ecampus.  The results provide insight into students' device preferences for accessing their online courses and interacting with multimedia, such as videos and simulations.  The study highlights some of the reasons why students who take courses online may prefer different devices for different educational purposes.  

August 14, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

QM in Action:  Creating a Gamified Faculty Workshop Experience that teaches QM and the LMS Simultaneously
Presented by Steve Kauffman, Senior Instructional Designer/Strategic Initiatives Coordinator/Quality Matters Ohio Consortium State Lead

Senior Instructional Designer

Steve is a Senior Instructional Designer and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at the University of Akron.  Prior to joining UA, Steve served as the Associate Director of Online Learning at Ashland University.  He currently serves as one of the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium's State Leads and also serves as an Ohio's Affordable Learning Ambassador.  

He has helped grow online programs and provide insight and guidance into the course development process.  He specializes in working one-on-one with faculty members to help them create dynamic, well-designed, objective-focused courses.  His research interests include open education, gamification, metacognition strategies, and student engagement.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology (BST) degree specializing in Visual Communications and Technology Education as well as a Masters degree in Education (M.Ed.) with a focus on Instructional Design and Adult Learning. 

June 19, 2018

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Using a New Language of Instructional Design to Promote Quality Learning Experiences
Presented by Bucky Dodd, Ph.D.

Instructional designers increasingly find themselves working in collaborative and complex design situations. It can be challenging, though, to communicate the value of instructional design to those that they are working with, including faculty, production professionals, and institutional leaders. This can result in frustration and lengthy, inefficient design experiences. In this free webinar, discover a new solution — Learning Environment Modeling™ (LEM™) — that gives instructional designers a demonstrated visual language and method for engaging key stakeholders in the instructional design process. Attendees will learn basic techniques for using LEM™ to support quality instructional design practices and techniques and will also gain access to resources and materials to support continuous learning following the webinar.

Dr. Dodd -- the original creator of Learning Environment Modeling -- is currently the Chief Learning Innovation Officer and Director of the Institue for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma.  He also serves as chair of the state of Oklahoma's Council for Online Learning Excellence.  He is an alumnus of the Online Learning Consortium Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and EDUCAUSE Breakthrough Model Academy. Among the numerous recognitions he has been honored to receive are the Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Award, the 2017 Bruce N. Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence, and the 2017 Sally M. Johnstone Award from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Education Technologies.

November 15, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Instructional Design Strategies to Promote Deep, Accelerated Learning
Presented by Amy M Grincewicz

Accelerated learning environments are becoming more common. An increasing number of university programs, particularly at the graduate level and within nursing, are moving to an accelerated model, where time is compressed to help learners achieve the necessary knowledge and skills at a quicker pace (Rafferty & Lindell 2011, Wlodkowski & Ginsberg, 2010). In addition, the goal of many programs is to achieve a deep level of learning, instructional designers need to utilize strategies that promote deep learning within accelerated learning environments. This presentation discusses the results of a Delphi Study that built consensus from expert instructional designers on their use of instructional strategies to promote deep learning within accelerated courses across disciplines.

Amy M GrincewiczAmy M Grincewicz is an Instructional Designer with Kent State University and a Ph.D. candidate with Capella University in Instructional Design for Online Learning. Amy has worked in the instructional design field for the last nine years with a plethora of experiences from designing educational games to designing online/blended courses. She has variety of publications including book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals covering a variety of instructional design topics. In addition to her instructional design experience, she has experience teaching within higher education. She currently teaches courses in the Bachelors of Arts Instructional Design program for Ashford University.

October 11, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Designing Engaging Discussion Boards
Presented by Candie McKee, Ph.D., and Kristin Winterrowd, M.A.

This presentation looks at best practices for discussion questions. We explore the best practices presented in leading literature, as well as discuss how we have modified discussions to garner more engagement from students.