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Keeping All of the Balls in the Air: Juggling Tips From Two New Instructional Designers

Emily Baxter (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Sing Wong (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 9:30am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere C
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 9

Are you a new instructional designer? Do you feel overwhelmed? Learning designers from Penn State's Dutton Institute will share practical suggestions for managing it all.

Extended Abstract

Are you a new instructional designer? Are you feeling slightly overwhelmed by the number of professional responsibilities that come with your role? Learning designers from Penn State's Dutton Institute will share some practical suggestions for managing it all.

Abstract: Are you a new instructional designer? Are you feeling overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities that come with your role? The good news is that you know more than you think you know! In this session, two new instructional designers from Penn State's Dutton Institute will share what they have learned about effectively juggling course design responsibilities in their first year on the job.

Designing effective online learning - especially when collaborating with another person - is a complex process that requires effectively managing professional relationships and shared tasks. In this session, we will share practical tools and suggestions to ease this process, including: setting expectations with faculty, communicating effectively throughout the design process, best practices and tools for project management and time management, and professional development resources.

Session participants will leave the session with practical suggestions, resources and tools that will help them to become better jugglers. Feedback, discussion, and audience suggestions will also be highly encouraged.

Lead Presenter

Emily Baxter is a Learning Designer in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University. Over the last 18 years she has had experience designing instruction for a wide range of learners - from preschoolers through adults. In her position as a Learning Designer, Emily enjoys having the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty to create meaningful course experiences that utilize best practices in online education.