Tuesday Links – February 23, 2016

Every other Tuesday, Vision publishes links to the articles that we instructional designers have read and found interesting during the previous two weeks. The opinions expressed in these articles don’t always reflect our own. Rather, we share them because we think they compel conversation, which we’re happy to have with our readers in the comments field below. 

Dear Blackboard, I am Confused – e-Literate

by Michael Feldstein – February 22, 2016

Feldstein responds to shifts in expectations for Blackboard Ultra, a new strategy/LMS/theme that has been experiencing multiple setbacks in development. Link: http://mfeldstein.com/dear-blackboard-i-am-confused/

Study: The most innovative students may earn the lowest grades – EAB

February 22, 2016

Covers recent study which suggests student innovation and academic success do not align.

I’m Never Assigning an Essay Again – Inside Higher Ed

by John Warner – January 21, 2016

Warner makes a case against the traditional essay assignment.

Americans can study in Germany for free, in English. An increasing number are doing it – The Washington Post

by Rick Noack – February 20, 2016

German policies draw students from around the world to free tuition and classes in English.

Finding Our Voice: Instructional Designers in Higher Education – Educause Review

by Sandra L. Miller – February 8, 2016

The role of Instructional Designers in education.

Assessing Without Tests – Inside Higher Ed

by Paul Fain – February 17, 2016

Evolution of higher education away from test-based assessment.

Here are 12 E-Learning Books to Read This Year

January 5, 2016

Recommendations for e-learning reading.

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