eDesign Collaborative Blog

The eDesign Collaborative (eDC) Blog is a dedicated resource to announcements, updates, upcoming events, surveys, and other items for the eDC community. 

Spring Cleaning: Three Tips for Redesigning Your Course

January 22, 2019

It’s that time again. Courses are showing up in dashboard, and faculty are beginning to think about what changes they plan to make in their course design. As we near the start of the semester I’d offer these three tips for instructors who look to clean up and streamline their courses. Consider What’s Essential – Fewer Resources A…

Announcing: 2019 eDC ThinkTank Roadshow

October 30, 2018

After successfully piloting virtual ThinkTanks in 2018 with Utah State University and Oregon State University, we’re happy to announce the 2019 eDC ThinkTank Roadshow schedule. We’ve tweaked things a bit and the 2019 eDC ThinkTanks will now be free and open to all members of UPCEA! Non-members will be charged a nominal registration fee. We…

UPCEA eDesign Collaborative ThinkTank Roadshow: Oregon State University (Sept. 21)

September 4, 2018

Multimedia Dev In effort to widen the scope and learn more about several campus instructional design units, we will be engaging in virtual ThinkTanks. These will be two hour events where we get to know a new university team and have a working session together. Oregon State University Ecampus provides full service instructional design for…

Thought Piece: Resources for New (and Accidental) Instructional Designers

May 17, 2018

Introduction I am an accidental instructional designer. After finishing an MFA in Writing, I took a student employee position at another university as I worked on a second master’s degree, unsure of what to do next. I was an ELearning Content Developer, converting documents into full-fledged course sites. In the next few months, an amazing…

May eDesign Exchange: Mother Knows Best?

May 17, 2018

Date/Time: Thursday, May 24th from 2:30-3 p.m. ET Topic: Mother Knows Best? Sharing best resources for keeping on the pulse of latest ID trends and news Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/upceas-edesign-exchange-may-2018-tickets-45906623948 The eDesign Exchange is an ongoing series of informal, online meetups where members of the eDesign Collaborative can dialogue and brainstorm about a wide variety of relative topics,…

April eDesign Exchange: Fool’s Errand

April 24, 2018

It’s that time again! The eDesign Exchange is coming, and this month we have a guest facilitator. Ms. Kristlin Dalton of Loyola Chicago will be tag-teaming the discussion with us. Please come and meet her, and share ideas with our peers. Date: Thursday, April 26 Time: 2:30 – 3PM ET Title: Fool’s Errand Topic: Designing by Assumption What pitfalls are out…

February eDesign Exchange: Where’s the Love?

February 13, 2018

Date/Time: Thursday, February 22nd from 2:30-3 p.m. ET Topic: Where’s the Love? Love/hate relationships of design vs compliance Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/upceas-edesign-exchange-tickets-42542871875 The eDesign Exchange is an ongoing series of informal, online meetups where members of the eDesign Collaborative can dialogue and brainstorm about a wide variety of relative topics, build connections with other members of the community,…

January eDesign Exchange: What’s an eDC ThinkTank?

December 13, 2017

Date/Time: Thursday, January 25 from 2-2:30 p.m. ET Topic: What’s an eDC ThinkTank? Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/s/8187994674 In January, we will be talking about the idea behind an eDC ThinkTank. What they are, who attends and what we try to accomplish. Our next eDC ThinkTank is in February at Utah State University. We’d like to provide conversation around what…

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President Trump Signs Campus Free Speech Executive Order

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Industry Spotlight: Are Big Data and Data Science a Threat to Higher Education?

It was encouraging to read an UPCEA blog post from August 2018 in which Mindmax CEO Lee Maxey critiqued our data and knowledge environment.  Mr. Maxey’s description of how we’re drowning in data was on point; the sheer mass of analytics, metrics and all things measuring is indeed a problem.  With Big Data, comes Data…

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Trump Administration Releases Budget Cutting Approximately 10% of ED Funding

On Monday March 11th, the Trump administration released their budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year. Included in the proposal is a $7.1 billion cut to the Department of Education, approximately equal to 10% of its total current operational budget. These proposals follow similar attempts in past budgets the administration has put forward. The cuts…

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The Building Blocks of Higher Education’s Future: Blockchain

Are you reading the blogs on technology by Ray Schroeder, Director of UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education?  When he’s not talking about augmented reality or robotics, he’s talking about blockchain.  Are you at an awkward mixer and everyone is talking about blockchain?  You’re not alone.  It’s a simple, but challenging concept that is coming. …

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