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Serious Games Example: How Meta-analyses Can Inform Instructional Design

By: Frances Rowe
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What are serious games?

Serious games go beyond entertainment and are meant to provide education or training; they may include the use of cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality or 3D simulation. Read More »

From Pilot to Production: Implementing a Social Media Learning Tool in Online Science Courses

By: Frances Rowe

This article tells the story of how implementing a connectivist tool called VoiceThread (VT) enhanced Read More »

4 Easy Steps to Prepare and Use OER Materials in Your Next Course

By: Sarah Dampier
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The rising cost of higher education continues to draw national attention, with the cost of textbooks playing a role in these conversations. In fact, CNN included “save money with open-source textbooks” in Read More »

8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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The 2014 Horizon Report for Higher Education has cited the growing ubiquity of social media as one of the fast trends that will be a Read More »

QU Online Instructional Designer Receives Quality Matters Course Recognition

By: Jennifer Rafferty

We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Neidig, senior instructional designer and project manager for QU Online and part-time instructor in the School of Communications, has received a Quality Matters seal of approval for the course, ICM508 – Media Production. Read More »

Alternate Credentialing Forum -Thursday, June 12, 2014 at UMASS Boston

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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UMASS Boston’s Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning (CIIE), College of Advancing and Profession Studies (CAPS) will host an Alternate Credentialing

Forum at the Corcoran-Jennison building (next to the Bayside Expo Center) on 150 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA.

The event is free to public but spaces are limited so Read More »

Getting the Word Out about Self-regulated Learning Interventions

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Frances Rowe, Director of Instructional Design and Technology Support, and Jennifer Rafferty, Associate Director of Instructional Design, recently presented at the NERCOMP Instructional Design Symposium in  Read More »

Tiny but Mighty: Learning Management System Is Home to Even the Most Out-of-this-World Users

By: Jennifer Rafferty

Who would have thought that a learning management system could be a welcoming and cozy space?  QU Online instructional designers have discovered that their Blackboard 9 LMS can reach beyond the traditional application Read More »

Textbooks Are the Tipping Point: How Open Educational Resources Change the Landscape

By: Sarah Dampier
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As faculty, there is no doubt that you spend a great deal of time thinking about how you can help your students reach the finish line of graduation and successful careers thereafter. To achieve this, you likely weigh options concerning course materials, course structure,  Read More »

My Top 3 Picks from the Digital Media Learning Conference 2014

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Sometimes you find yourself so inspired by a learning experience that you just have to write home about it!  My postcard from the Digital Media Learning Conference 2014 will give you a glimpse Read More »

E3 Engagement, Empowerment & E-learning Call for Proposals

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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How Do We Love Online and Distance Education? Let Us Count the Ways…

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Designed by Dan Shpak

Still looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014?  Or have you sworn off this holiday for good? Think again…The instructional designers at QU Online  Read More »

The Essential Instructional Designer: The Job e-Learning Can’t Live Without, Part 2

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Last week , we introduced you to three talented instructional designers who work in the field of e-Learning in higher education.  This week, In part II of the blog, our featured guests will conclude the discussion by talking about some of the Read More »

The Essential Instructional Designer: The Job e-Learning Can’t Live Without

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Instructional design is not a new profession, but it has been garnering well-deserved attention in the past decade thanks to the growth of online education. O*Net Online, the nation’s primary source of occupational information, reported in 2013 that the instructional design Read More »

Blogging from Abroad: 12 Considerations for Faculty Led Courses and Programs

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Study abroad is on the rise once again.  Faculty led short-term programs are also increasing in numbers and so is our ability to access the Internet from just about anywhere in the world.   Staying connected with students through blogging while they travel and observing them Read More »

Looking Back: 8 Tools We Loved to Use in 2013

By: Jennifer Rafferty

What tools and applications made your life easier in 2013? Well, the instructional design team at QU Online gathered together to talk about their favorite applications for both professional and personal use during 2013 and they came up with this nifty list. Read More »

5 Essential Building Blocks for an Online Course

By: Sarah Dampier
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For traditional classroom instructors, successfully developing an online course for the first time can be daunting. Read More »

Are We Heading Back to Grunting?

By: Judy Falaro

“We are living in a world that is changing so quickly that as I sit here writing this, I feel as if I’m chiseling this in stone.”

The other day I read a story about a professor who loved to give his classes the gift of pop quizzes. He would assign material and was thoughtful enough Read More »

QU Online Instructional Designers Team Up with Quinnipiac Faculty to Receive Quality Matters Course Recognition

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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2013 has been a productive year for the instructional design team at QU Online!   Our instructional designers have been collaborating with Quinnipiac faculty to achieve the Quality Matters seal of approval for Read More »

Diving Into Developing a YouTube Channel

By: Frances Rowe
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Well, it was more like treading water…

If your hope is to have publicly facing instructional videos on YouTube, this article will provide you with practical advice on how to produce a channel that your institution is likely to endorse. Read More »

The E-volution Conference – Registration is now open!

By: Jennifer Rafferty

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I’m Wondering: Is This the Way Columbus Felt?

By: Judy Falaro
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For the past few years, I have been so excited as the world of education and the world of technology have become more like a family than just neighbors.  I’m not talking about the move from desktops Read More »

The Best of 2012: 5 Books for Instructional Design and Technology Mavens

By: Frances Rowe
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The instructional design and technology team at QU Online sought out to find the best books in our field from 2012. If you have a favorite, please Read More »

Are We Overloading Our Plates When Choosing from the Tempting Buffet of Web 2.0 Tools?

By: Judy Falaro
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Our world and classrooms have become sleek, simple and high tech or complex, confusing and bloated with high tech.  Your view may depend on your age, background, exposure to and comfort level with the dazzling array of web tools we have at our disposal.  Read More »

A Space for All Voices: The Online Discussion Forum, by Professor Margaret Goralski

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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This week I have the pleasure of presenting guest blogger, Professor Margaret Goralski, from the School of Business at Quinnipiac University.  Recently, I attended a workshop where Professor Goralski presented on her experience using the discussion forum in her online courses.  Read More »

Game Design at Quinnipiac and Beyond Part II: A Conversation with Professor Ira Fay

By: Dan Shpak

Last week, we provided an interview about gamification with Greg Garvey, the Director of the Game Design and Development Program at Quinnipiac University.  This week, we talk to Ira Fay, an Assistant Professor of Game Design & Development in Quinnipiac University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department.  Ira tells us his thoughts on game design and education. Read More »

Game Design at Quinnipiac and Beyond: A Conversation with Professor Greg Garvey

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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Professor Gregory Garvey

The instructional design team at QU Online is very excited about the recent inception in 2011 of the Game Design and Development Program at Quinnipiac University.  Read More »

Online Occupational Therapy Course Receives Quality Matters’ Seal of Approval

By: Jennifer Rafferty
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“Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy,” a course developed and taught online by professor Catherine Meriano,program director of the online Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Sciences, with Read More »

4 Keys to Curbing the Cost of Course Materials

By: Frances Rowe
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According to the College Board, students pay $1213.00 a year on average for books and supplies. A recent survey of 1095 undergraduates released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that 70% of students had forgone the textbook at least once because the price was too high. How will students do in the course without the required materials? Read More »

Flipping Your Course: Making Your On-ground Lectures Available Online

By: Chris Neidig
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Getting students to retain information from your lectures can be a difficult challenge.  Traditional class lectures in a hybrid course don’t always ensure that students will understand key concepts. Integrating multimedia into a course Read More »