All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections. – Arthur Aufderheide
Whether you are a returning student or just starting out, we want to take a moment and sincerely welcome you to the school year. We look forward to building connections and having some fun along the way.
Before we start having too much fun, there are a few “coordinator” items I’d like to share with you. First off, all TRDV courses are 8-week sessions. We are the only graduate program at the University to offer classes in this accelerated format for our adult students. This means you can take two classes back-to-back within the same semester instead of taking them concurrently. This works particularly well when classes need to be taken in succession so you can compete both in one seamless semester, for example TRDV 451 Instructional Systems Design and TRDV 470 Instructional Systems Design-2.
Speaking of TRDV 451 and TRDV 470, the new session format has led to a different approach to online modules in these classes. Professor Cyboran, who is teaching both classes in the fall, will open weekly class modules on Wednesdays allowing the full weekend plus a couple days to complete course work. This may look different to returning students who are accustomed to seeing modules open earlier in the week.
Our faculty stayed busy this summer teaching along with revising classes to 8-week sessions. I had the chance to connect with alumni and attend professional events like the Chicago eLearning and Technology Showcase earlier this month. The showcase highlighted mobile learning and gamification. As advancements continue to open up more delivery options it is good remember when and why we use this technology. I think the keynote speaker, Cammie Bean,VP of Learning Design at Kineo, summed it up when she said, “e-learning isn’t about the technology—but all about the people”.
Finally, let’s talk about graduation. Graduation applications should be submitted by August 29th to avoid a late fee. For more information on applying for a degree please visit the Graduation Office
On behalf of the Training and Development Department, we hope you have a great semester and build lots of meaningful connections!
Tara Hawkins, TRDV Program Coordinator