Robert Squires

Designers for Learning On Air Event 6

Robert Squires joined our live webcast on April 12, 2013 to discuss his perspective on designing learning opportunities for online students. Robert is the Director of Instructional Design and Technical Support at the University of Montana UMOnline - School of Extended and Lifelong Learning.

Robert Squires joined our live webcast on April 12, 2013 to discuss his perspective on designing learning opportunities for online students. Robert is the Director of Instructional Design and Technical Support at the University of Montana UMOnline - School of Extended and Lifelong Learning. See …

To contact us: Jennifer on Twitter @jenm, and Robert at [email protected]

This webcast is part of the Designers for Learning project. Find out more about the project at

Instructional-Design-Live #29: Fun with Online Learning

05:07 - Robert 1
05:15 - Robert 1
Brain Rules link
05:30 - Mary 2
Thanks, Robert.
05:32 - Cammy
I've been slowly reading Brain Rules for the past few months!
07:48 - Mary 2
Welcome, Eleanor.
07:49 - Robert 1
Welcome Eleanor!
08:04 - Eleanor Rigby
Thanks! :)
09:01 - Robert 1
That reminds me of a scene from the office Cammy
09:42 - Robert 1
11:15 - Robert 1
I've tried Voxopop when it was called chinswing, but I like the idea of an audio message board: It doesn't have teh visual element, though
11:51 - Robert 1
This is a really good point.
12:50 - Robert 1
14:05 - Mary 2
In your experience, Joni, do onliine students begin making connections with one another on their own (via email, chats, etc related to assignments), or is this sense of community something you need to facilitate throughout a course?
15:31 - Robert 1
I think Wallwisher would be nice tool to extend this activity--add to web-based board:
18:17 - Cammy
Social often equals "fun"
18:18 - Robert 1
Hi Suzanne
18:33 - Suzanne
Hi, sorry I'm late to the session
18:40 - Robert 1
np, welcome
18:41 - Cammy
Welcome, Suzanne
19:48 - Mary 2
Thanks, Joni.
20:04 - Robert 1
@Cammy I think it is fun to 'buddy' with a friend
20:51 - Robert 1
Love the photo!
21:56 - Robert 1
Hmm..Now where did I put that experiment? (my caption)
22:17 - Cammy
I'm am the monster of eLearning and you must complete my course or be eaten!
22:19 - Robert 1
Perhaps I don't understand attention well enough
24:40 - Robert 1
25:59 - Suzanne
Wonderful idea!
28:21 - Robert 1
Dreaming of an online education
28:25 - Mary 2
Gotta run.... a meeting awaits me. Thanks, Joni.
31:03 - Robert 1
32:45 - Robert 1
33:43 - Robert 1
oh, yes
36:07 - Cammy
I'm always in favor of interpretive dance!
36:20 - Robert 1
36:49 - Robert 1
you bet
38:37 - Robert 1
yes, little surprises
39:03 - Robert 1
Good point!
40:03 - Joni
Thanks everyone!
40:08 - Suzanne
Thanks, Joni!

Time to put a little fun into online learning--with good reason: 'Emotional arousal helps the brain learn'. Medina, Brain Rules (2008). Joni Dunlap leads the IDLive team in considering how to incorporate fun into the fabric of a course to provide a more stimulating learning experience.


Instructional-Design-Live #28: International Student Persepctives on Online Learning

Zuochen Zhang, Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Windsor University, and Richard F. Kenny,Rick KennyZuochen Zhang Associate Professor at the Center for Distance Education, Athabasca University, joined us this week to discuss the perspectives of International students in online courses.

Instructional-Design-Live #27 Online Teaching: Susan Ko

Susan Ko Susan Ko, Executive Director of the Center of Teaching Excellence at University of Maryland University College, published the first edition of Teaching Online: A Practical Guide 10 years ago. The third edition, published this year, reflects a number of changes that have happened in the field over that last several years such as the: Web 2.0 revolution, growing acceptance of online education, need for special training and continuing support for faculty and students, team course development, growth of open educational resources, and increasing use of mobile devices.

With unassuming clarity, Susan addresses a number of key issues facing designers and faculty in higher (and K-12) education today.

Available on the Web

02:31 - Robert:
03:31 - Jennifer: oooh! A kindle edition, too!
05:38 - Jennifer: What about synchronous teaching options? Is this changing the face of online learning in your experience?
16:31 - Jennifer: how have "perceptions" of oline learning changed (or not) over the years? perceptions of quality, satisfaction, faculty buy-in, etc?
24:05 - Jason: Neiffer: Sure
24:19 - Robert: yes
25:41 - Jennifer: @jason ... I think k-12 is going to be a HUGE driver in online learning ... esp. taking online learning from being for "alternative" adult learners to far more maintream
29:13 - Jennifer: @jason ... good point re: importance of taking an online course (or program) to "get it"
30:30 - Marlene: Yes, continuous improvement is an important aspect of online teaching.
30:42 - Jason Neiffer: Good question, Robert...
31:53 - Jennifer: Great! Thank you, Susan ... another fun virtual "brown bag" lunch for me :)
32:38 - Marlene: Thanks, Susan!
32:38 - Jason Neiffer: Thanks everyone! :)

Instructional-Design-Live #26 Transition or Transformation: Implementing a New LMS

Moodle logoEver wondered what kind of change process is involved in moving from a proprietry LMS scuh as Blackboard to an Open Source system such as Moodle. Keith Lynip, director of Extended Learning Services at The University of Montana, discusses the nature of this process in this week's show.

Moodle MugInspired by a number of discussions at the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning in Madison Wisconsin,  we consider the process of transitioning from a proprietary learning management system such as Blackboard to an open source system such as Moodle.


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