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Learning Design, Technology & Innovation

The place for NMSU’s Learning Design & Technology Team to share activity, successes, fun, innovation, and more. If you are a faculty, current student, or former student in the program and have something to share, email juparra@nmsu.edu.

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Fall 2015

2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education


2016 National Education Technology Plan

December 10, 2015

The 2016 National Education Technology Plan launches today. Let’s discuss in our 2016 classes! In the meantime, participate in the conversations – #NETP16, #edchat, #edtech.

“The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology. The principles and examples provided in this document align to the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizons (ITECH) program as authorized by Congress in December 2015 through the Every Child Achieves Act.”

Graduation Inspiration Days

Graduation Inspiration Days!

Graduation Inspiration Days!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 and Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, and Wednesday, October 21, 2015, faculty members across the College of Education participated in Graduation Inspiration Days. Inspired and led by LDT Faculty, Dr. Xeturah Woodley, and a variety of College of Education faculty members, many of whom came dressed in regalia, spoke with students about taking committed actions toward achieving their graduation goals. Students were encouraged to meet with their advisors to ensure they are on track to degree completion.


Student Presentation at Harvard Conference a Success!

One of our students, Megan Lockard, presented a paper at Harvard’s conference, “The 21st Century Academic Forum at Harvard” which took place September 20-22. This year’s theme was Facilitating, Fostering, and Harnessing Innovation to Meet Key Challenges of the 21st Century.” Her presentation was titled, “Audience Is Everything: Rewriting Composition Classrooms to Incite Democratic Participation, Social Activism, and Public Discourse.”  The session was well attended and she is planning to publish the paper from the presentation. Below is a picture of her with other students that also presented at the conference. She is the one to the end on the far left. 


Abstract from the presentation:

“The college composition classroom offers a unique opportunity.  In this arena, students are taught to wield the language of power—an essential skill for communicating within and outside of academia.  While it is often assumed that the college classroom signifies a “public” space and that the writing done therein is an inherent form of “activism,” in reality, this supposition is misplaced (Ervin, 1997).  The problem is that composition courses traditionally teach rhetorical skills in a sort of abstract vacuum where the writer is expected to compose for an academic audience alone.  This notion of public activism is misleading because the classroom is, in fact, a restricted community in which writing is transmitted to a privileged audience instead of a public one.  Because academic writing is taught and disseminated within realms that remain largely inaccessible to those outside of the institution, we have created a semi-closed circuit that mobilizes writing and research but only in an orbital, exclusive fashion.         

Such limitations of audience and purpose prompt three concerns: the disengagement of the student; the perpetuation of dominant, hidden ideologies; and the neglect of our democratic responsibility to foster discourse between author and society.  My presentation will speak to these issues and posit that an opportunity for addressing them exists in our ethical obligation to use the composition classroom to generate practiced, democratic advocates.  In recognizing our social responsibility to the communities that sustain our institutions, we can repudiate our gravitation toward armchair politicking and instead incite real-world change alongside our students.”


Dave Rutledge photo

Dr. David Rutledge (photo by Darren Phillips)

Dr. David Rutledge Selected as New SITE Assistant Chair

Dr. David Rutledge has been selected as the Assistant Chair of the Information Technology Council for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). In March of 2015, Dr. Rutledge was the Program Chair for the SITE conference held in Las Vegas. Now, as Assistant Chair, he is part of the Executive Board of SITE. As a Board member, David will participate in the National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) (October 1-2, 2015) in Washington, D.C. This NTLS meeting will be hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). At this meeting, recommendations and guidelines for educational learning technologies are published in journals and educational conferences. SITE is unique as the only organization which has as its sole focus the integration of instructional technologies into teacher education programs. SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through conferences, books, projects, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE).



Dr. Sharon Lalla Presents About Online Course Design

Dr. Sharon Lalla

Dr. Sharon Lalla, LDT Instructor, OTL Program

Dr. Sharon Lalla co-presented “Accessibility and Online Courses” with NMSU Student Accessibility Services’ Trudy Luken, Carol Brown and Andrew Sanchez on September 16, 2015 through the OCIP program.  The presentation introduced NMSU faculty to the topic of accessibility in online courses, using real world issues in the discussions to call attention to the role faculty play when designing online courses at NMSU. She will be conducting workshops in Spring 2016 regarding accessible content and video. Dr. Sharon Lalla also co-presented at the NMSU Roundup in Grants, NM, last week, October 1, 2015. The presentation was titled, “Creating a Culture of Quality in Online Classes at NMSU.” The focus of this presentation was to discuss the impact accreditation has on approaches to quality in online courses and what NMSU has been doing as a community of practice (COP) at all campuses to address issues of quality in online courses. Co-presenters also included Sherrell Wheeler of Alamogordo, Nicole Olsson-Dail of Carlsbad, Krista Kozel MacDonald of DACC.

Melinda Wilson & Dr. Julia Parra Present at NMSU URC Fair

Wilson & Parra Poster

Wilson & Parra Poster

NMSU student and DACC instructor, Melinda Wilson and Dr. Julia Parra co-presented at the New Mexico State University Research Council’s 15th Annual Research & Creative Activities Fair on October 2, 2015. The poster presentation was titled, Finding the Melody in Course Design: The Impact of Learning to Teach Online on a Musician’s Teaching and Career Path. The purpose of this presentation was to share the lived experiences of a professional musician and private music teacher who returned to college after a 30-year career to learn how to teach online. Participation in a graduate certificate program for online teaching and learning started a process of changing everything the musician knew about teaching pedagogy and learning styles, which led to a process of continued reflection and an autoethnographic research inquiry by the musician and one of the certificate program instructors. This poster shared the overall transformation that occurred in the musician’s professional progress as she transitioned from being primarily a professional performer, recording artist and a 1-1 music instructor, with a negative perspective about teaching music online, to being a college instructor applying new technology and pedagogical skills and currently teaching music in a blended classroom and in 2016 a fully online music course. 


EDLT Courses Recognized by Quality Matters

Quality Matters Recognition graphic

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally-recognized peer review process that certifies the quality of online and blended course design. At this time, seven of the  nine courses in the Online Teaching and Learning program have gone through the QM peer review process and are recognized as meeting QM standards. The five core courses (EDLT 560, 575, 580, 590, & 592) and the one OTL substitute course (EDLT 581) that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning are all now QM Recognized Courses. Additionally, EDLT 579 is QM recognized. For further information see http://otl.nmsu.edu/.



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