Thursday, April 15, 2021

Instructional Design Job Opportunities and Eportfolios

 

Summer Online Classes with Openings

Featured Certificates
Featured Resources - ID Job Opportunities and Eportfolios
Editor: Dennis O’Connor
I have enjoyed being your editor. Since this is my last edition of Tech Tips, I want to say how grateful I am to Joan Vandervelde for the 20 years of learning and teaching we have shared.
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Invest in your career with a certificate, certification, or specialization from UW-Stout.

"Certificates are the fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials." (Chronicle of Higher Education)


Instructional Design - Begin on May 3

Math Specialist - Begin June 7

Reading Teacher - Begin June 1

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Summer Class Start Dates

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Dates to Remember

July 18, 2021 - Summer Tuition Due

Tech Tip: Great On-Demand Video Training

LinkedIn Learning
All registered UW-Stout students get full access to LinkedIn Learning. Learn essential technologies. Earn completion certificates to document your skills. 

LinkedIn Group UW-Stout Certificate Programs: E-Learning and Online Teaching + Instructional Design 
Current and former UW-Stout students can join our group for job leads, tips, and networking.

Featured Resources - How to Create an Eportfolio

30+ Ideas for Portfolios - Samples
As always, Christy Tucker delivers what she promises "...use this list to jump-start your brainstorming". Key takeaways: Revise Existing Work, Use Short Samples, Focus on Your Intended Audience. Plus all the promised samples and more. It pays to listen to Christy.  

How to Create an Instructional Design Portfolio that Makes You Shine
Helen Colman's step-by-step advice "is for novice IDs looking to create their online portfolio and seasoned IDs who still don't have a portfolio."

Here's What Needs to be in Your E-Learning Portfolio
Wondering why you need a portfolio? Tom Kuhlmann's classic post explains it all. Here are five things every instructional designer needs to showcase. Tom's advice never gets old.

Portfolio
This is the ultimate 'show what you know' portfolio. As you'll see, Devlin Peck knows a lot! Multiple examples of instructional design work from a polished professional. 

Careers in Instructional Design

Breaking Into The Industry: Become An Instructional Designer And Master The LXD Fundamentals
If you are ready to take the first step in LXD (learning experience design), here's a head start from Christopher Pappas, a prominent voice in the industry.  

Video: From Instructional Design to Learning Experience Design
Luke Kempski's three-minute video with instructional design practitioner Connie Malamed provides a quick shot of wisdom and perspective. Worth the time! 

Video: How to Become an Instructional Designer in 2021
Devlin Peck delivers on this promise, "Do you want to become an instructional designer? In this video, I show you exactly what you need to learn and give some step-by-step tips for how to land an instructional design job."

Finding Instructional Design Job Opportunities

Tips: 
  • Be prepared with fresh resumes and up-to-date portfolios
  • Create an account and set up alerts on at least two systems.
  • Apply immediately to jobs of interest
  • Carefully follow the directions on applications. Personalize every application. One size does not fit all.
  • Regularly update and refresh your job-seeking accounts.

USAJobs
USAJobs is the front door for jobs in the Federal Government. When applying for positions on USAJobs, use the exact wording from the job posting in your resume. Follow the directions and formats precisely as written. Applications are initially scanned by computers looking for keyword matches. Once you get past the computer, a human will review your resume and refer you to the appropriate decision-makers. The following codes will get you started.

1750 series Instructional Designers/Instructional Systems Designers
1700 series Federal Training and Education-related Positions

LinkedIn
Keep in mind that developing your career is more than just finding a job. The best work comes from the personal and professional networks you form. It is wise to create a social media-based network using LI. The job-seeking and application process is complex in general, and more so on LinkedIn. 

Indeed
Considered by many to be the best job board, Indeed gathers job listings from many other job sites. Since employers can list jobs for free, Indeed will have jobs not found on other services. More jobs mean more opportunity, but you must find the needle in a vast haystack. 

Indeed has extensive help sections, but sometimes a brief overview article is best.  
How to Apply for a Job on Indeed.com 

HigherEdJobs.com 
This site was established in 1996 and is widely used by academic institutions to post instructional design jobs. They provide excellent advanced search features with Online/Remote and Location/Bound filters.  Take the time to create the free job seeker account. Consider the paid resume and cv options.  

Monday, March 8, 2021

Create Eye Catching Grahics - Tech Tips from UW-Stout Online Professional Development

 

Spring Online Courses

Summer Online Class Start Dates
Featured Certificate - Instructional Design
Featured Resources - Canva Basics and Graphic Design 

Editor: Dennis O’Connor
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Featured Online Certificate

Are you interested in developing focused competency in instructional design or shifting your career in a different direction? 

Begin on May 3.

Instructional Design
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Our Students Say:

Instructional design certificate boosts recent graduate's career:
Less than half a year after supplementing his education with a certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Michael Wildman sees big dividends.

Summer Class Start Dates

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Phone: 715-642-0209

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Dates to Remember

July 18, 2021 - Summer Tuition Due

Tech Tip: Canva in the Classroom


Getting Started, Example Designs, And Tips!

Kathleen Morris walks you through Canva basics. You will find many links to beginner guides and quick start videos. Canva is a powerhouse with a 100% free plan for k-12 schools, teachers, and students. Register your school here: https://www.canva.com/education/ 

Featured Resources - How to Make Eye-Catching Graphics

Top Apps and Websites for Making Posters and Collages
Common Sense provides a quality curated list of 21 tools to help teachers and students create idea-rich classroom posters, collages, and more. Each resource is reviewed with the Pros, Cons, and Bottom Line highlighted.  

Creating Comics in the Classroom
"Students who learn how to make comics—even simple ones—become stronger storytellers and gain confidence in their ability to be creative." Dan Ryder explains several creative ways to use 'doodles, collages, and digital composition' to engage students and trigger their interests. You'll be surprised!  

My Amazing Movie Poster: Free Project Plan to Teach Graphic Design
Vicky Davis provides a 16-day project-based learning unit intended for students grades 6-12 with rubrics to help you teach graphic design. Everything you need, including free trials of Adobe Photoshop, Spark, Lightroom, can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange. https://edex.adobe.com/.  

The AIGA Design Teaching Resource
AIGA is a professional association for design. The resources are community-generated. Designers, high school and college educators are invited to share ideas, techniques, lessons, materials, project examples, and inspiration. AIGA offers an impressive curated list of resources. They are also looking for online learning examples.  It's a place to share and network. 

How Students Can Learn from Judging a Book by Its Cover
Rose Reissman shares how creating book covers by critically evaluating the text and graphics hits a sweet spot for students grades 4-12. Think engagement, inquiry, and cross-curricular collaboration. Suitable for face-to-face, blended, and online classrooms.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Video Conferencing Tips

 

Spring Online Courses

January Online Class Start Dates
Congratulations Michael Wildman
Featured Course – Teaching Online
Featured Resources - Tips to Make Video Conferencing Easier

Editor: Dennis O’Connor
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"The advice I received and the skills I learned while completing the E-Learning and Online Teaching courses have been invaluable. With the pandemic changes, I find myself applying what I have learned almost daily. Thank you, UW-Stout!"
~Judith R Corcoran, RN, MSN, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing Moraine Valley Community College.

Congratulations, Michael Wildman
Instructional design certificate boosts recent graduate's career!


Less than half a year after supplementing his education with a certificate, Michael Wildman sees big dividends.


In May, he finished work on the instructional design certificate,
which consists of four classes. Not long after that, he was promoted to program designer at Olive Tree Arts Network, where he has worked since 2018
.

Are You Using These Video Conferencing Tips?
 

Questions About Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences? We've Got Answers 
Sometimes it takes a teacher to help a teacher. Jill Staake provides field-tested advice from teachers who know how to structure a virtual parent conference. 

You'll find great ideas on scheduling, orienting parents to the online setting, how to share student work, and how to manage the actual conference. Want more? For a grab-bag of templates and checklists, try Virtual-Parent Teacher Conferences on Pinterest.


Strategies to Encourage Students to Turn Their Cameras On
Are some of your students camera shy? When it comes to Cameras On, do you have a community or compliance approach? Liz Byron Loya's article unpacks the social and emotional benefits of how you go about camera use in your online classroom.  

To build a safe learning environment, consider surveying students about their concerns, use visual voting, try a video meet and greet in the waiting room 5 minutes before class, play Zoom games, encouraging students to create their videos. The suggestions will help shy or reluctant learners to find their comfort zone.


Podcast: How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance 
In this 12 minute podcast, Vicki Davis interviews Aaron Johnson, author of Online Teaching with Zoom. 

Johnson shares research verified tips to engage your students. He suggests using 1-minute active learning tasks like polls as a quick way to chunk instruction and keep students focused. Vicki provides value-added tips and resources throughout the interview. This podcast is packed with good ideas, don't miss it.


Edutopia: Why Teaching Kindergarten Online Is So Very, Very Hard
It's a tough road for kindergarteners and their teachers, but great efforts are being made. Marva Hinton shares advice from great teachers, including keeping it simple and consistent, listening to parents' concerns, and checking in with daily emails to help parents be ready for the next day. 

Here you'll also find suggestions for teaching the all-important social and emotional skills that make kindergarten so important. For some little kid fun, try 10 Zoom Meeting Activities for Distance Learning.


Zoom for Education: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions 
Even if you think you know it all (or are sure you don't), read this. You'll find something that sticks. Here you'll find answers to questions about best practices, security, taking attendance, breakout rooms, screen sharing, annotations, and mobile.

It starts with this question: Should I use Zoom Meetings or Zoom Video Webinars to host a class? Which fits you?

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January 2021 Online Course List
If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in a course, email:
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Dates to Remember

Spring Tuition Due Date
March 3, 2021 - 100% Tuition Due

Tech Tip: 


Civic Online Reasoning

Thanks to Karla Legget for sharing this resource.

"Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world."

Are you interested in beginning a Master's in Education degree?

Degree Overview and Financial Aid Options
Our Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit Master's degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals. 

Select courses within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match classes from several areas.