Collaborative Research
<span>Collaborative Research</span>

MSIDT Cohort 13 Students Shine at Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Conference

MSIDT Cohort 13 members, Tracy Stuntz (lead LMS trainer at California State University, Fresno); Jean-Marie Venturini (Instructional Designer for Otis School of Art & Design); Rex Bartholomew (New Model Development Administrator at Toyota) – presented at the 2016 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Conference in New Orleans as part of an innovative Solutions Design Summit. Their presentation received the most community votes, and OLC presented the group with the Community Voted Award!

The Solutions Design Summit (SDS) was an opportunity for collaborative teams to come together and present a problem and design solution. Tracy, Jean-Marie, and Rex adapted an assignment from one of their MSIDT courses to develop their presentation, “If You Build It, Will They Come.”

The problem they chose was how to overcome learner barriers and resistance to ensure not only participation in training and development opportunities, but learning as well. Their solution: hold individuals CAPTIV.

CAPTIV = Collaborative, Available, Personalized, Timely, Incentivized, Virtual


Full description: Although training events are scheduled around faculty/client schedules and focus on topics that are needed for those participants; there is still an issue with actually getting faculty/clients to attend training events. Pajo and Wallace (2011) identified three sets of factors – personal barriers (lack of knowledge, skills, training, role models and time), attitudinal barriers (no faith in technology, unwillingness to work with technology, concern about student access) and organizational barriers (inadequate technical support, hardware, software, instructional design, no recognition of the value of online teaching). Due to these barriers, faculty/clients resist attending non-mandatory training events. A lack of training cause many issues in the workplace, ranging from unpreparedness to inability to complete one’s job duties. Since not every faculty/client may need to come to training, making training events mandatory is not a good solution.



ATD Conference!

MSIDT Faculty (Dr. Cynthia Gautreau, Dr. Barbara Glaeser, Dr. Shariq Ahmed) and MSIDT Alumni (Mr. Vince Glaeser) hosted a conference booth at the ATD Association for Talent Development conference in Nevada on January 11, 2016. Hundreds of conferences attendees stopped by the conference booth to find out more about the MSIDT program offerings and learn about instructional design opportunities.


HICE Conference Presentation

January 2014 Drs. Barbara Glaeser and Cynthia Gautreau presented at the Hawaii International Conference of Educators. The title of their presentation was Effective Inclusion of Video Conferencing in Graduate Online Courses. A synopsis of the research presented is:

Video conferencing in online courses can be used effectively provided the right protocols are implemented. A team of faculty who teach online have created guidelines to promote the productive use of video conferencing to promote learning, increase communication efforts and build an online community.

Dr. Cynthia Gautreau and Beth Sargent

After some months of collaboration, Drs. Cynthia Gautreau and Kristin Stang, and MSIDT Graduate Beth Sargent write and submit an article for publication. The article is accepted by the International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD).

The title of the article is Multicultural Considerations for Curriculum Developers of Online Courses. The following is an abstract of the research presented:

Grounded in the dimensional model of national culture, the purpose of this literature review was to investigate (a) the cultural impact of globalization on online instruction (in particular Eastern and Western beliefs and values), (b) the knowledge needed by curriculum developers (i.e., instructional designers and online instructors) to create
multicultural appropriate content, (c) the identification of appropriate design strategies to promote cultural inclusion; and (d) cultural and functional priorities in the global workplace. Findings from the review of pertinent literature were used to create six guidelines appropriate for curriculum developers who design content for multicultural
audiences. These guidelines are intended for online curriculum developers as they design coursework using multicultural design strategies.


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