Posted by: Richard Schwier | December 16, 2014

Designers for Learning replay of Dec 15 webcast

From Jennifer Maddrell:

In case you missed our live session last night, please catch the recording of our +Designers for Learning 2014 Recap webcast with student service-learning volunteers & Kim P. from Grace Centers of Hope …

in education has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of
Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Patrick Lewis, Editor-in-Chief
Shuana Niessen, Managing Editor, in education

in education
Vol 20, No 2 (2014): Autumn 2014 Special Issue: [Practices of Poetic
Inquiry] in education
Table of Contents

Editorial: Poetic Inquiry in/for/as (1-11)
John J. Guiney Yallop, Sean Wiebe, Sandra L. Faulkner

Poetic Inquiry and Its Lyrical Potential for Research (12-20)
Nilofar Shidmehr
The Radiance of the Small (21-28)
Alexandra Fidyk, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Merle Nudelman
“The Receiver No Longer Holds the Sound”: Parents, Poetry, and the
Voices We Create in the World (29-47)
Heather McLeod, Gisela Ruebsaat
Poetic Inquiry as Visiting: Stories of Men (48-58)
Jodi Marie Latremouille
You Don’t Know Me: Adolescent Identity Development Through Poetry
Performance (59-77)
Janette Michelle Hughes, Laura Jane Morrison, Cornelia Hoogland
Ekphrastic Poetics: Fostering a Curriculum of Ecological Awareness Through
Poetic Inquiry (78-89)
Andrejs Kulnieks, Kelly Young
Life and Mortality: A Teacher’s Awakening (90-102)
Carli Molnar
Liminal Lives: Navigating the Spaces Between (Poet and Scholar) (103-120)
C. L. Clarke
Synthesis: A Poetic Exploration of the Integral Model Investigating the
Interconnected Strands of Mindfulness in Our Educational Landscapes
Kimberley Anne Holmes
Uumasuusivissuaq : Spirit and Indigenous Writing (135-146)
Karla Jessen Williamson
Performing Embodied Pedagogy: Listening to the Small Talk of My Injured Back
Lorna Louise Ramsay
The Many Paths to Sophia: Toward a Deeper Philosophical Appreciation of
Poetry (161-176)
William A. Welton, Daniela Elza

Book Review
A Review of Poetic Inquiry: Vibrant Voices in the Social Sciences
Vanessa Tse
A Review of The Art of Poetic Inquiry (182-184)
Susan M Manning

in education

From our colleague, Marc Spooner, at the University of Regina:

Announcing a summer symposium that may be of interest.  “Public Engagement and the Politics of Evidence in an Age of Neoliberalism and Audit Culture” July 23-25, 2015, University of Regina.

This symposium will examine accelerating trends in higher education: neoliberalism, the politics of evidence, and the audit culture. In an age in which value is often equated with accountancy, we will examine the place in the academy for public intellectualism, community-engagement, Indigenous epistemologies, and how the impact of our scholarship is, and ought to be, justly assessed.

  • Questions to be explored include: 
  • What counts as scholarship and why? 
  • How do we achieve accountability in an age of accountancy? 
  • How do we measure research impact, (i.e., journal impact factor vs community and policy impact)? 
  • Impact for whom? 
  • Who and how do we determine whose evidence and what research is legitimate? 
  • What can be done? How do we effect change to university practices?

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Marie Battiste, Dr. Nick Carleton, Dr. Norman Denzin, Dr. Michelle Fine, Dr. Chad Gaffield, Dr. Sandy Grande, Dr. Rosalind Gill, Dr. Budd Hall, Dr. Yvonna Lincoln, Dr. Matthew McKean, Dr. Marcia McKenzie, Dr. Peter McLaren, Dr. Christopher Meyers, Dr. Leigh Patel, Dr. Andrea Smith, Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Dr. Robina Thomas, Dr. Eve Tuck, and, Dr. Joel Westheimer;

Please visit the symposium website at:
Marc Spooner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, RM 377
Faculty of Education
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK
S4S 0A2
TEL: (306) 585-4538
FAX: (306) 585-4880

Posted by: Richard Schwier | November 20, 2014

Designers for Learning & AECT call for service-learning volunteers

A new Call for Volunteers is now open! The deadline to apply is January 2, 2015.

Call for Volunteers: We are excited to announce the Call for Volunteers for a 15-week service-learning project facilitated by members of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and in partnership with Designers for Learning, a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteer service-learning opportunities for instructional design students who seek to gain experience creating instruction and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social enterprises. We are now accepting applications from students who are enrolled in college instructional design programs and would like to volunteer as part of a 6-person cohort for the upcoming spring 2015 semester. The service-learning project will be managed by three GSA members, including Jason Engerman (Penn State University and GSA President), Wendy Gentry (Virginia Tech), and Paige Hale (Morehead State University).

Project Description: As outlined in the project description, this is the third iteration of a service-learning project focused on the design of open educational resources for adult basic education. While the long-term goal for this project is to develop an online platform with resources to support the missions of many organizations, those selected to participate on this service-learning project will be volunteers of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women, and children, including a one-year residency program for those recovering from drug, alcohol, or other challenging issues. Clients in the residency program who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) are required to take in-house adult basic education classes to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test in order to stay in the program. Continuing the work of service-learning projects that concluded in 2014, volunteer instructional designers selected for the upcoming 2015 cohort will design and develop instructional resources aimed at preparing adults for their high school equivalency exams, as well as college or new careers.

Why Should Students Apply? By applying to join this cohort of 6 instructional designers, you will have the opportunity to engage in an instructional design service-learning project. This project will help you to hone your design and virtual project management skills, and to gain experience for your resume, CV, or design portfolio. This service-learning project may also enable you to fulfill course, internship, or service requirements within your enrolled college program, and to publish materials as a member of an instructional design team. In addition, your team of volunteer designers will help our nonprofit partners as they assist adult learners who are preparing for high school equivalency exams. Designers selected for the project who successfully meet all project requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion in May 2015.

Application Process: Please see for information about the Call for Volunteers, including application instructions. Applications are due on or before January 2, 2015, and the volunteer selection will be announced January 16, 2015.

Comments or Questions?
Please forward this Call for Volunteers announcement to other students or faculty, and contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time, skills, and knowledge to this important need.

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning

Posted by: Richard Schwier | November 11, 2014

CJE-RCE VOL 37, NO 3 (2014) published

Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l’éducation has just
published its latest issue at
We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web
site to review articles and items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Katy Ellsworth
Manager, CJE Transition

Posted by: Richard Schwier | November 10, 2014

Request for Resources from the Government of Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan released a request for resources (a request for proposals — RFP– in many circles) for an instructional design contract, I think to design training resources for employees in the Income Assistance program.  If you’re interested, act quickly.  Proposals are due by November 13.

I’ll post the tender document here until the deadline and then remove it from my site:

You can also find it by following the instructions sent to me by a person involved in the search.

The Government of Saskatchewan is seeking a resource(s) to provide expertise and guidance to support adult education requirements as it relates to the design and solution of a Core Training Model for Income Assistance staff, supervisors and managers in the Ministry of Social Services.

To view or submit tenders, you need to create an account first (takes about 45 seconds). To easily find our tender, use the search function and look for the following competition number: CBLA01  Alternatively, search by organization type and choose Social Services.

Posted by: Richard Schwier | November 5, 2014

International Journal of Designs for Learning vol 5 (2) published

Volume 5, Issue 2 of the International Journal of Designs for Learning, a
special issue which focuses on historic design cases, is published.

In this special issue of IJDL focusing on Historic Design Cases, we turn our
focus to both the near and distant past of designs intended (or used) for
learning both formal and informal—inside the classroom and in our everyday
lives. As we design in the present, we may be informed only by impressions
of classic designs handed down to us primarily through abstract references,
and sometimes without knowledge of such designs at all. This special issue
represents a first step in documenting these pivotal designs.

Below you can find a list of the articles from this issue. Please forward
this announcement on to those you feel would be interested. We look forward
to your contributions and continued support of this exciting venue for
scholarly research in designs for learning!

Best Regards,

Colin M. Gray, Special Issue Co-Editor
Craig D. Howard, Special Issue Co-Editor
Elizabeth Boling, Editor-in-Chief


*Vol 5, No 2 (2014): Special Issue: Historic Design Cases*
*Guest Co-Editors: Colin M. Gray & Craig D. Howard*

*Introduction to the Special Issue on Historic Design Cases*
Craig D. Howard, Colin M. Gray


*TICCIT: Building Theory for Practical Purposes*
Andrew S. Gibbons, A. F. O’Neal

*Automated and Amplified: Active Learning with Computers and Radio
Anne Trumbore

*MPATI: The Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (1959-1971)*
Monica W. Tracey, Jill E. Stefaniak

*Disclosing the Design of an African American Educational Technology:
Bridge: A Cross Culture Reading Program*
Patricia A. Young

*Creating Minimalist Instruction*
John M. Carroll

*Expert Systems and Knowledge-Based Engineering (1984-1991): Implications
for Instructional Systems Research*
Jo Ann Oravec

*“Making Alcatraz Amazing”: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour*
Elizabeth Boling

*SimCalc: Democratizing Access to Advanced Mathematics*
Deborah Tatar, Jeremy Roschelle, Stephen Hegedus

*Using Analytics for Activity Awareness in Learning Systems*
James M. Laffey, Christopher Amelung, Sean Goggins

International Journal of Designs for Learning

Posted by: Richard Schwier | October 22, 2014

Designers for Learning Webcast, October 28

From Jennifer Maddrell:
Please join our next webcast for our fall service-learning project on Tuesday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone). Here is the start time in your area:

We will run through some feedback from the recent Design Plan evaluation, and give students the chance to ask questions to our client and the facilitators. Since we know that not everyone will be able to join the live session, the webinar will be recorded and posted for later viewing at

Posted by: Richard Schwier | October 17, 2014

Job listings at SALT

Listed below are the most recent Job Postings that have been added to the SALT Web Site (

1. Research Analyst
Vienna, VA
Conducts research using internet and/or academic resources. Conducts in person interviews and focus groups following protocols developed by others. Prepares data for analysis, checking for errors. Analyzes data under direction of senior staff. Develops tables and graphs of data for review by others. Writes sections of reports for review by others. BS\MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, or a related field. 1 – 3 years of experience conducting research.

2. Research Scientist
Vienna, VA
The Research Scientist leads, or contributes to, a range of applied research projects in his/her field. Develops the design and methodology for a variety of projects, including job analysis, competency modeling, training needs assessment, survey research, and program evaluation. Collaborates with team members to ensure quality, relevance, and timeliness of product development and delivery. Establishes and maintains professional consulting relationships with clients, demonstrating an understanding of their needs and constraints.

3. Part-time Research Assistant
Vienna, VA
The Research Assistant provides research and programming support for various programs and projects as well as company staff. Designs and develops solutions for programs and projects, writing queries for analysis and reports and documenting data steps and results. Provides extensive data analysis.

4. Full-time, Tenure-track Instructional Technology Professor
Bloomsburg, PA
Assistant Professor, full time, permanent tenure track in Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University of PA. Appointment date August 2015. Primary duties are teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Instructional Technology. Completed doctorate in Instructional Technology, Educational Technology, or related field is required prior to August 21, 2015. majority of the regular, full-time faculty within the area or department conducting the search.

5. Manager, Online Education
Alexandria, VA
The Manager of Online Education will manage all aspects of course development from program or application concepts to recommending optimal instructional methods. He/She will manage development and delivery of webinars, online courses and quick reference guides.The ideal candidate must have 3+ years’ e-learning, webinar, online program management experience; 3+ years’ experience with Adobe online event platform, Knowledge of all aspects of interactive web-based training;Bachelor’s degree required.

6. eLearning Training Specialist
Bethesda, MD
Bryant Consulting Group, LLC, a training and organizational change management organization, has a career opportunity for an eLearning Training Specialist to support a program office at the Department of Health and Human Services.

7. Instructional Designer
Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina Wilmington announces an opening for the position of Instructional Designer in the Office of e-Learning. Twelve-month EPA permanent position with benefits. Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Instructional Design required, or master’s in Instructional Technology or Educational Technology with comparable work experience in Instructional Design.

Posted by: Richard Schwier | September 18, 2014

@JenM announces Designers for Learning exhibit at AECT Convention

From Jennifer Maddrell:
We just confirmed our Designers for Learning exhibit at the AECT Convention November 4th – 8th in Jacksonville, FL. Special thanks to Phil Harris for his help! Please stop by our booth at the convention, and see many of our students and faculty service-learning participants in several sessions in the program. See you there!

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