• Instructional Design Summit (March 13, 2014)


Across the higher education institutions in the state of Utah, a summit is called, inviting instructional designers and instructional technology specialists to share what they have learned and accomplished with regard to online teaching and learning, course design, and online course development.

Teaching and Learning Technologies of the University of Utah sponsored the March 13, 2014, summit in the Faculty Center, J. Willard Marriott Library.

Below is an accounting of the presentations for the day.








10:00-10:50am Opening Activity Instructional Design  Jon Thomas, Associate Director, TLT, University of Utah
11:00-12pm Keynote Why Open? Dr. David Wiley, Scholar in Residence, University of Utah.
Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
12-12:30pm    Lunch (Courtesy of University of Utah)



12:30 – 1:15pm Session 2 Developing A Successful Online Certificate Program J. G. Farr, Director, Positive Psychology Program, Department of Educational Psycholog
University of Utah
1:15 – 2:00pm Session 3 Online Multi-media Course Teaching to Large Class Sizes  Dr. Cathryn Clayton, Associate Professor, School of Music, College of Fine Arts,
University of Utah


Dr. David Wiley
Scholar in Residence, University of Utah
Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning

Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently a Shuttleworth Fellow, Scholar in Residence at the University of Utah, and Education Fellow at Creative Commons.



“Why Open?” – Dr. David Wiley
The term “open” has recently been co-opted and distorted by providers of MOOCs, much to the chagrin of decade-old open education movement. What does “open education” really mean? Can it actually succeed in saving money? improving outcomes? empowering faculty? In this presentation, Dr. Wiley will discuss the benefits of truly open education and do an extended question and answer session.


“Developing A Successful Online Certificate Program” – J. Goodman Farr
Have you ever thought of designing an online certificate program that could be offered to anyone in the world? You may have questions such as

  • How can I test my idea?
  • Where can I find funding?
  • Who can help if I’d like to create a life-changing curriculum?
  • Is it hard to work with faculty and administration if online delivery is new to them?
  • What are the most effective ways to market an online certificate program?

Learn the answers to these questions and the five steps that were instrumental in the success of the Positive Psychology Online Series & the Applied Positive Psychology undergraduate certificate program at the University of Utah.


“Online Multi-media Course Teaching to Large Class Sizes” – Dr. Cathryn Clayton
I would like to discuss: The use of streaming audio, streaming video, recorded lectures, and links to additional media for music courses using the “Module” format can be extremely effective in creating a logical and thought-provoking course. There are some tricks and lessons I have learned in developing courses for students in the arts, especially those courses with large numbers of students. These simple steps can streamline the course and allow the professor to focus on teaching rather than technical support. 

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