Books by Julie Irvine

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design

The purpose of this journal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing reflective practitioners a means for publishing articles related to the field. The journal establishes and maintains a scholarly standard with the appropriate rigor for articles based on design and development projects. Articles include evaluation reports (summative and formative), lessons learned, design and development approaches, as well as applied research. The articles are based on design and development projects as opposed to pure research projects and focus on lessons learned and how to improve the instructional design process. Rigor is established through articles grounded in research and theory.

A secondary goal of this journal is to encourage and nurture the development of the reflective practitioner in the field of instructional design. This journal encourages the practitioner as well as collaborations between academics and practitioners as a means of disseminating and developing new ideas in instructional design. The resulting articles inform both the study and practice of instructional design.

Design for Learning

Our purpose in this book is twofold. First, we introduce the basic skill set and knowledge base used by practicing instructional designers. We do this through chapters contributed by experts in the field who have either academic, research-based backgrounds, or practical, on-the-job experience (or both). Our goal is that students in introductory instructional design courses will be able to use this book as a guide for completing a basic instructional design project. We also hope the book is useful as a ready resource for more advanced students or others seeking to develop their instructional design knowledge and skills.

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design

The purpose of this journal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing reflective practitioners a means for publishing articles related to the field. The journal establishes and maintains a scholarly standard with the appropriate rigor for articles based on design and development projects. Articles include evaluation reports (summative and formative), lessons learned, design and development approaches, as well as applied research. The articles are based on design and development projects as opposed to pure research projects and focus on lessons learned and how to improve the instructional design process. Rigor is established through articles grounded in research and theory.

A secondary goal of this journal is to encourage and nurture the development of the reflective practitioner in the field of instructional design. This journal encourages the practitioner as well as collaborations between academics and practitioners as a means of disseminating and developing new ideas in instructional design. The resulting articles inform both the study and practice of instructional design.

Textiles and Tapestries

Textiles and Tapestries presents thought-provoking research that explores the intricate and complex weavings of teaching and learning. It reflects a compelling mixture of traditional and contemporary methodology, collaborations within and beyond teacher education, and allows space for considering the implications of current worldwide social, political, and systemic tensions. Importantly, it highlights the central role of self-study in creating insights and understandings of practice for transforming teaching and for generating new knowledge.

Contributions from established and novice academic researchers, teacher practitioners, and graduate students provide opportunities to learn with and from the voices of dynamic and diverse self-study researchers. Section one focuses on the process of exploring and making meaning from weaving inquiry, teaching, and learning from studying practices through self-study. Section two illuminates the act of making new meaning, creating the tapestries and textiles of knowing by attending to the tools and crafting in studying teaching and professional practices. Section three focuses on the formation of new tapestries of understanding as authors share the implication of their findings through self-study.

This book presents new methods, frameworks, collaborations, and understandings of practice that will be useful for teacher educators, graduate students, and self-study of practice researchers.

Designing Surveys for Evaluations and Research

The concept of conducting survey research is deceptively simple. However, it is easy to create a flawed survey. Without careful attention to overall survey design and the creation of the survey items, the study will likely produce invalid results. Conducting high-quality survey research will depend on asking the right questions, in the right way, to the right people. This text is designed to guide novice researchers through the process of creating surveys for the purpose of conducting research.

 

Learning Management Systems

This book explores main concepts and topics involved in the process of managing Learning Management Systems (LMS) in corporate or educational settings. Definitions, features and characteristics of LMSs are introduced to familiarize the reader with the content. Types of LMSs are also covered in order to assist current and prospective instructional designers to identify and select an optimal LMS solution for their organization. Additionally, key stakeholders as well as the usability of the LMS will be crucial in the adoption and maintenance of the software, thus, another important topic discussed in this book. Furthermore, processes such as LMS selection, implementation and evaluation are explored in this book to provide an overview of the steps to be taken before, during and after an LMS adoption.

Advanced Writing

Advanced Writing focuses on the higher-level writing skills college students will use in their fields of study and future careers. Its authors employ a personable writing style and engaging instructional design to share their expertise. Unit 1 introduces discourse communities, the rhetorical situation, available writing tools, mindful writing, and the writing process. Students will master good grammar and mechanics and a more sophisticated, audience-oriented style including visual design and tables and figures. Unit 2 focuses on writing for academic audiences including finding and evaluating sources and discussing and citing sources. Students will define literature reviews and learn the steps of composing a literature review: taking notes, synthesizing, organizing, drafting, and revising. They will also learn how to create compelling proposals. In Unit 3, students will focus on writing for general audiences including applying for jobs and graduate schools and writing public texts such as emails, memos, social media posts, blogs, infographics, and opinion editorials. In the final chapter, they’ll learn how to create engaging oral and poster presentations.

The Students' Guide to Learning Design and Research

Written by students for students, this book is a continually-evolving class project for students of educational technology, learning, and instructional design.

Writing in the Social Sciences

Writing in the Social Sciences is an advanced writing textbook that focuses on skills specific to careers in the social sciences. Its authors employ a personable writing style and engaging instructional design to share their expertise. Unit 1 introduces discourse communities, the rhetorical situation, available writing tools, mindful writing, and the writing process. Students will master good grammar and mechanics and a more sophisticated, audience-oriented style including visual design and tables and figures. Unit 2 focuses on writing for academic audiences including finding and evaluating sources and discussing and citing sources. Students will define literature reviews and learn the steps of composing a literature review: taking notes, synthesizing, organizing, drafting, and revising. They will also learn how to create compelling proposals. In Unit 3, students will focus on writing for general audiences including applying for jobs and graduate schools and writing public texts such as emails, memos, social media posts, blogs, infographics, and opinion editorials. In the final chapter, they’ll learn how to create engaging oral and poster presentations.

Learner and User Experience Research

Researchers in the field of Learning/Instructional Design and Technology have been engaged in productive scholarly endeavors at the intersection of Learning Design, User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and associated disciplines for some time. This edited volume captures the collective voices of authors working in this area. This book focuses on explicating the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of user-centered design and user experience as applied in the field of Learning/Instructional Design and Technology with the goal of foregrounding the importance of learner experience as an emerging design paradigm for the field. This volume is comprised of 15 chapters and organized into three parts: (1) Methods and Paradigms (5 chapters), (2) Conceptual and Design Frameworks (6 chapters), and (3) LX Design-in-practice (4 chapters). This volume serves as a contribution to an emerging, transdisciplinary, and complex phenomenon that requires multiple literacies. LX is not only concerned with the effectiveness of designed learning interventions, but also with the interconnected and interdependent relationship between the learner- (or the teacher-/instructor-) as-user, the designed technology, novel pedagogical techniques or instructional strategies, and the learning context. The diversity and breadth of perspectives presented herein serve as a topographical sketch of the emerging focus area of learner experience and represent an opportunity to build upon this work in the future.

Principles of Language Acquisition

Hybrid-Flexible Course Design

This volume provides readers with methods, case stories, and strategies related to Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) course design so that they may make decisions about using it themselves and even begin their own HyFlex course (re)design. More specifically, based on the needs identified for their course(s), readers will be able to a) determine if and how HyFlex course design could help them solve critical needs, b) take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve their education practice, enabling them to better serve more students, c) gain an awareness of the HyFlex design, d) find their own innovative HyFlex solution to their specific challenges, and e) begin the HyFlex implementation process using strategies similar to those used by instructors described in this book. The volume describes the fundamental principles of HyFlex design, explains a process for design and development, and discusses implementation factors that instructors have experienced in various higher education institutions. These factors include the drivers, the variations in implementation approaches and constraints, and the results (e.g., student scores, student satisfaction). A series of worksheets provides specific guidance that can be used by individuals or teams engaging in HyFlex design projects at their own institution. Case reports from institutions and faculty who have successfully implemented HyFlex-style courses provide a rich set of real-world stories to draw insights for a reader’s own design setting.

The EdTech Books User Guide

This book provides guidance on how to use the EdTech Books authoring platform.

Visuals in Learning Design

Learning designers constantly use visuals to convey meaning and to shape learner experiences. Yet, designers often have little training or guidance on what makes for effective visual experiences and also regularly lack the technical and artistic skills necessary to create and modify their own designs. This book was written to accompany a graduate-level course in learning design that helps new designers to understand why visuals are important, how to make effective visuals, and how to use industry-standard tools (like Adobe Illustrator) to bring their visual designs to life.