Monday, January 21, 2013

IDT Spring Kick-off Luncheon

IDT students, alumni, and friends in the Emporia area! (And of course any of our distance students who wish to travel many miles to lovely Emporia, KS for a covered dish luncheon).

You are invited to our IDT Spring 2013 Kick-off Luncheon!
12 p.m. (Noon), Friday, January 25th
Macintosh Lab, Visser Hall 22

Bring a favorite covered dish to share with IDT faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other IDT friends. It’s a chance to catch-up with your professors and instructors and make connections with other IDT students and alumni!

Not sure what to bring?  Try a meat dish, vegetable or fruit dishes, salads, chips & dip, cookies, various types of desserts, beverages, etc.  International dishes are ALWAYS appreciated! - YUM! Please bring serving utensils for your dish.

IDT will provide the plates, silverware, cups,  napkins & ice.  If you plan to attend, please send an RSVP to, just so we know how many to expect.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

March 11 to May 10 - Project Management for Instructional Designers

We just added a new course offering for Spring 2013 - Project Management for Instructional Designers - IT743XD. The 3 credit hour graduate course will be offered via an 8-week (March 11 to May 10) massive open online course (MOOC) using the hot new learning management system - Canvas. The instructor for the course will be Dr. Rob Gibson, ESU's Associate CIO for Academic Technology and User Services.  I hope you can join us for this exciting course offering!

Course Description -
“Project Management for Instructional Designers,” is designed for students with little or no background in formal project management.  It provides an introductory examination of the primary components involved with Project Management: Developing a Project Charter; Developing the Project Scope; Developing the Work Breakdown Structure;  Developing Critical Path and Gantt Charts; Determining Project Risks; Determining Project Success Criteria; Developing the Project Organization Chart; and Communicating the Project to the Organization.  Our goal is to understand what is involved in complex instructional design projects involving multiple personnel, such as graphic designers, video production specialists, subject matter experts, pedagogy specialists, web developers, accessibility specialists, programmers, multimedia developers, and other key personnel.

AECT elections are underway

IDT students/alumni who are members of AECT!
2013 AECT elections have begun.  I hope you will take some time select those individuals who will lead our organization at the divisional, board, and executive levels.  Candidate bios and statements are available for your perusal.

Once you have reviewed the candidates, voting is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3:
  1. Go to 
  2. Log in with your AECT member number and password (Last Name)
  3. Make your selections
Vote early (but not often). This is an AECT election, not a Chicago election :)