CIDER session on digital storytelling

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Jeton McClinton, Assistant Professor at Jackson State University.

Title: Implementing Digital Story Telling in a Computers in Education Course

Assessment and the integration of advanced technologies are key themes for the 21st century educator. The electronic portfolio project was developed to explore the possibilities of using web-based technology to store artifacts as evidence of student achievements of course goals and objectives. Furthermore, the tool can be used to respond to the need for assessments and accountability and present a model that utilizes performance measures to demonstrate the meeting of standards set by state agencies. Because these systems require data collection, portfolios can be integrated to show progress over time and adherence to standards. Also, the use of technology supports the assessment work that can be collected in real-time feedback.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, 11am – 12pm MDT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the web conferencing software.
Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.

A Designer’s Log: Case Studies in Instructional Design

From the CNIE listserv:

Books and articles on instructional design in online learning abound but rarely do we get such a comprehensive picture of what instructional designers do, how they do it, and the problems they solve as their university changes. Power documents the emergence of an adapted instructional design model for transforming courses from single-mode to dual-mode instruction, making this designer’s log a unique contribution to the field of online learning. This book is part of the Issues in Distance Education series, edited by Dr. Terry Anderson, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University.

The book is available in both paper (@$29.95) and e-book formats (for free downloading). Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited.


About the Author

Dr. Michael Power is Programs Director and Assistant Professor in Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education, Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. He is Deputy Director and researcher with the GEOIDE/NSERC-sponsored GeoEDUC3D project and researcher with the Inter-university Learning & Technology Research Center (CIRTA). His website is:

ID/Program Coordinator position at the Gwenna Moss Centre

If you’re interested in this position, please hurry. The competition closes on September 22.

Full posting and application form at:

Instructional Designer/Program Coordinator – Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness – 9443-MA (9463912)

Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Education, Project Management, Computers
Industry: Education
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: Sep 16, 2009

Great minds meet at the University of Saskatchewan. Whether you work in an office, a greenhouse, a classroom or a lab, the University of Saskatchewan offers unique opportunities and experiences that will expand your skills as you help further our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning, discovery and service. Be a part of shaping our next generation of great minds at the University of Saskatchewan.

PLEASE APPLY NO LATER THAN September 22, 2009.

SALARY INFORMATION: The salary range is $54,193 to $84,677 per annum (Specialist/Professional, Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

STATUS: 1.0 FTE; Term, 3 years.

JOB TITLE: Instructional Developer / Program Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: University Learning Centre / Gwenna Moss Centre


PRIMARY PURPOSE: As a team member in the Gwenna Moss Centre, this position involves participation in instructional design projects in partnership with faculty, academic departments and colleges. It involves development of teaching skills for faculty and other instructors at the University of Saskatchewan.

NATURE OF WORK: The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) is a part of the University Learning Centre (ULC) devoted to promoting and supporting excellence in teaching for all university instructors (faculty, staff and graduate students). It also provides advice and consultative services to academic units engaged in program, curriculum and instructional design or re-design. Reporting to the Program Director of the GMCTE, this position provides both interaction with faculty and academic units on instructional design initiatives and program coordination support for GMCTE workshop programs. The individual in this position must assist with the design of and offer support for the unit’s faculty programming, and must work to build effective relationships with faculty, staff and graduate students. The work involves multiple projects with diverse groups and competing demands. The individual in this position works both independently and as part of a team with internal and external stakeholders. The work consists of a challenging blend of the educational programming and instructional design, requiring strong organization and communication skills as well as patience and flexibility.

· Working with faculty in various colleges and departments to support curricular and course design.
· Organizing conferences, workshops and seminars in support of teaching and course design.
· Conducting evaluations to demonstrate success of Gwenna Moss Centre programs.
· Planning and delivering programs for faculty and graduate students in the area of improving teaching.
· Designing and developing new programs for faculty and graduate students in the area of improving teaching.
· Liaising with academic units to identify program needs in the area of faculty development.
· Tracking innovative and best practices in higher-education teaching and learning throughout the world and bringing new approaches to the University by designing pilot programs or through publication in the Centre’s newsletter.
· Assisting with the design of technological support systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Gwenna Moss Centre operations.
· Developing and maintaining productive partnerships with other individuals and units engaged in faculty development and program/curricular course design.
· Assisting with day-to-day front-line interactions when necessary.

Education: A Masters degree or equivalent with specific training in instructional design.

Experience: Minimum 2 to 3 years of related experience as an instructional designer is required. Project management experience is required. A deep knowledge of the theory and practice of instructional design and an understanding of teaching in higher education is required. Substantial experience with e-learning technologies and formal training in project management techniques is preferred. Teaching experience at the university level is an asset.

Skills: The position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills; attention to detail; capability of working independently as well as in team environment; and the ability to apply research methodologies to evaluate programming and make recommendations for future practice. Familiarity with best practices and innovative practices in teaching and learner support is necessary. A high level of energy and empathy is essential, as well as proficiency in computer technologies related to creating and delivering presentations, basic website development and creation of promotional materials.