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Learning vocabulary using Rikaichan and Google News

Posted by Betsy on May 24, 2011 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

One of my frustrations as a learner of Japanese has always been the amount of time lost to looking up unknown kanji. By the time I have found the right reading and the right word, I’ve forgotten what the surrounding context was, and I have to reread the sentence or paragraph. Online dictionaries certainly help […]

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Goodbye, 2010. Welcome, 2011!

Posted by Betsy on January 2, 2011 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Origami, Personal |

Working via the Internet defined 2010 for me. Although I wore many different hats as an independent contractor, all of them allowed me to do almost all of my work from my computer, here in Indiana or from various other places I traveled during the year. A couple of highlights: I began working as a […]

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Language learning while knitting

Posted by Betsy on June 17, 2010 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Personal |

I recently learned to knit and crochet, which you may have noticed if you follow me on Facebook or Ravelry (username: betsylavolette – let’s be friends!). It’s a great way to pass the time when you’re captive in a car, casually chatting with family, or watching a movie, but sometimes I get out those needles/hooks […]

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CALICO 2010: Great conference, or the greatest conference?

Posted by Betsy on June 16, 2010 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

The Computer Assisted Language Learning Consortium Conference 2010 was in Amherst, MA, June 10 – 12. I summed up my feelings about it in this tweet: Goodbye, #calico2010! It was awesome, in terms of presentations, people, planning, place… Presentations I learned so much from the sessions! This was the first conference I’ve attended where I […]

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Dimdim vs. Elluminate, Round 2

Posted by Betsy on April 23, 2010 in InstructionalDesign, OpenSource, Web2.0 |

Several people have written to ask me for a copy of the paper I allude to in Dimdim vs. Elluminate: Fight! Well, the status of that paper has been “in press” since it was accepted by TechTrends in December 2009. I was hoping to wait until it was “officially” published in TechTrends before publishing it […]

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SDoI: Chapter 3: Conducting a Goal Analysis

Posted by Betsy on April 14, 2010 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

Goal Analysis Diagram by Elizabeth Lavolette is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. [This is the fourth in a series of posts about Dick and Carey’s The Systematic Design of Instruction. Want to read an overview and my thoughts on Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 before proceeding?] Chapter 3 starts out […]

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SDoI: Chapter 2: Assessing needs to identify instructional goal(s)

Posted by Betsy on March 30, 2010 in InstructionalDesign |

[This is the third in a series of posts about Dick and Carey’s The Systematic Design of Instruction. Want to read an overview and my thoughts on Chapter 1 before proceeding?] This chapter is mainly about writing goals for instruction. However, before getting too excited about designing instruction, Note that while an instructional designer may […]

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SDoI: Chapter 1: Introduction to Instructional Design

Posted by Betsy on March 26, 2010 in InstructionalDesign |

I’m working my way through The Systematic Design of Instruction (SDoI), 4th ed., by Dick and Carey, and here are my thoughts on Chapter 1: Introduction to Instructional Design. (You may get the impression from this post that I’m disagreeing with what the book says, but for the most part, I’m not. I’m just not […]

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The systematic design of instruction

Posted by Betsy on March 24, 2010 in InstructionalDesign |

I’ve been working as part of an instructional design team for almost two years now, and I haven’t read The Systematic Design of Instruction by Dick and Carey. (Don’t laugh!) It’s time to correct that. I came to instructional design not from an education background, but from applied linguistics and teaching English as a second […]

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