Adventures in Innovative Learning Design and Technology

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Course Date: 02 September 2014 to 07 October 2014 (5 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Explore the exciting learning technology landscape that has been created by unlimited access to information, online tools perfect for collaboration, and the rapid changing technology all around us. In this 5-week adventure, we will use connectivist and heutagogical practices to explore 1) how to be a successful learner, 2) the best strategies for collaborative learning, 3) the basics of learning design aka instructional design, and 4) current innovative models for learning design. This course is perfect for both K-12 and Higher Ed instructors. Students will have the opportunity to learn from me and each other through Google On Air Hangouts. In addition the course will rely heavily on course participants to contribute to the social learning environment. I hope that you will join me for this GREAT ADVENTURE!

Course Instructors

Julia Parra, Ed.D.

Julia is an assistant professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in the College of Education (Las Cruces, New Mexico). Her research investigates innovation in the design of online and blended learning environments and empowerment with technology. Areas of interest include professional and faculty development, online/blended teaching and learning, innovative learning design, educational learning technologies, emerging technologies, social media, and connectedness./n/nJulia is always up for a challenge or adventure and most recently, decided to jump into the wild west of MOOCs and Xperience STEM this summer for paragliding with a GoPro camera. She plans to use her paragliding experience as footage for some of the videos for the MOOC!/n/n


  • Provides video lectures
  • Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
  • Uses discussion forums
  • Contains external social networking participation or elements

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