Instructional Technology – Professional Resources

A conversation about instructional technology emerged today on the NITLE-IT distribution list (subscribe). The conversation spawned a list of resources for those who are interested in working in the field.

Associations & Working Groups

National Institute for Technology in Higher Education (NITLE)
Works with member institutions (liberal arts colleges and universities) to integrate inquiry and pedagogy with technology. Hosts distributions lists on instructional technology, geo information systems, classical studies, and language and culture.

Educause Learning Initiative (ELI)
Community of higher education institutes working to advance learning through technology. Hosts webinars, articles, and an annual meeting.

Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)
A series of projects on technology-based learning environments, hosted at Vanderbilt.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
Free and open online community for faculty, staff and students in higher education. Offers a collection of peer-reviewed online learning materials.

Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT)
Membership-based association open to all professionals working with instructional technology.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
Membership-based association primarily for those working in higher education.

Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)
Membership-based network of faculty and TA developers also has some resources on instructional technology.

National Center for Academic Transformation
Aims to improve education and reduce higher education costs through technology.

Teaching and Learning with Technology Group
Offers free webinars and instructional events for institutional members.

Sloan Consortium
Focuses on online learning.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET)
Advocacy and awareness-building group for advancing technology-enhanced teaching.

Job Opportunities

Chronicle of Higher Education
Provides vast quantities of content through daily topical blogs and newsletters in addition to their (almost) weekly flagship publication. Maintains one of the widely-used  jobs databases for academic positions.

Inside Higher Ed
Alternative to the Chronicle with similar areas of focus: includes sections on technology and on jobs.

Thanks to Trish Boyles, Eric Remy, Paula Lacki, T. Weston Miller, Colin Sanders, Melinda Kraft, Fritz Vandover, Meg Stewart, Robert Squires, Julianne Miranda for their contributions to the conversation.

3 thoughts on “Instructional Technology – Professional Resources

  1. Here are some skills that I brought from my experience in corporate education. This was pre-Internet, in a large company that was moving from in-person classes toward on-line materials for their employees and customers.

    1) Writing technical documentation.
    (DEC’s model was called D4M2, for “Define, Design, Develop, Deliver, Manage and Maintain”)

    2) Visual representation of information
    (E.Tufte owns this. R.Arnheim’s classic book Visual Thinking is terrific at more cognitive level)

    3) Electronic Performance Support Systems, “letting novices perform like experts”. I don’t create complex systems, but the philosophy helps me design learning experiences that approximate real life but that are accessible to undergraduates. (I learned from G.Gery, but it was a long time ago.)

    4) Information mapping (I have Robert Horn’s book but, again, a lot has happened since then.)

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