Automating Instructional Design: June 6-24, 2011



by Sylvia Currie -
Number of replies: 1
Thanks so much Bill and everyone for an interesting discussion over the past few weeks. I'm sure we'll have opportunities to revisit the question of automating aspects of the instructional design process in the future. Bill, you'll have to promise us to report back on your work!

Reading back over the seminar Bill's facilitation style really stood out -- such a welcoming tone, and gentle prompts to advance the discussion. One of my overdue projects is to make some progress on preparing resources for future SCoPE facilitators using examples from past discussions so there will be much I can use from this discussion. Thanks for that!

We're gradually lining up a schedule for seminars in the fall (see the upcoming seminar list). If you have ideas for topics please get in touch! (scurrie@bccampus) Also, if all goes well we'll be upgrading the SCoPE site and doing some general maintenance work over the next few weeks.

In reply to Sylvia Currie

Re: Thanks!

by Paul Beaufait -
Good on you, too, Sylvia!

It was a pleasure to read along through mail notifications as time permitted, and as someone relatively unfamiliar with precepts of instructional design, yet one often in awe of the glittering flow of discussion: prompts, responses, amplifications, analyses, and syntheses herein.

Reading along from the periphery, however, I experienced minor frustration in encounters with acronyms. When I encountered them in separate messages (perhaps daily digests), rather than in the context of on-site discussion threads, where those acronyms may have been "[s]pelled out ... on first use" (Always Learning, tip 9, 2011.06.23), I often felt an urge to stop reading along, and look them up.

So, with an eye towards general facilitation of readership, as well as encouraging and fostering participation, I've taken this moment to reflect on the diversity of SCoPE community membership, and the variety of contexts and in which we might encounter acronyms and technical terms from any field under discussion. I hope present and future readers of this discussion will, too.

I'm truly looking forward to upcoming seminars.

Cheers, Paul