The Digital Instructor Podcast

The Digital Instructor Podcast

By Timothy M. Stafford, PhD
Whether you are a college professor, corporate trainer, K12 instructor, or HR professional, digital education, remote work and eLearning are affecting you. Join Dr. Tim Stafford, Program Director for the MS program in ID&T at St. Thomas University as he tackles some of the issues with teaching and designing instruction in digital spaces, along with some special "rockstar guests" along the way.
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S1E10: Interview with Nic Finelli
In this episode, Dr. Tim Stafford from St. Thomas University interviews Nic Finelli of Blended Tech Learning.  Nic is a recognized expert in digital learning, professional learning, and technology integration consulting and training, and has been contracted by various tech companies (including Apple, Microsoft, and Google) to work on their behalf to provide training, support, and work for internal projects to help their education initiatives all over the United States. His expertise and work has allowed him to see first-hand and impact how all types of public and private schools and districts integrate technology for teaching and learning. On this episode we discuss strategies for technological integration for the following digital instruction applications: Remote instruction: Tools that make working remotely easier and how to create realistic workflows for remote instruction: Maybe even some tools that work with the LMS's Student Engagement: Tools and tips to help digital instructor engage with their students and keep their students engaged with them and each other. Evaluation: Tools and tops on evaluating digital deliverables and some great ideas and tips about making the administrative job of digital instruction smooth and seamless. Nic gives valuable insight into the foundational roles of different technologies and how to put the right toolbox together for your digital instruction needs. Don't miss this episode. SHOW NOTES Click on this link for the show notes for this episode.
54:40
June 29, 2020
S1E9: Interview With Max H. Cropper, PhD
In this episode, Tim interviews Dr. Max H. Cropper and they have a great discussion on Merrill's First Principles of Instruction and how they apply to the digital instructor. Dr. Cropper is an award-winning instructional designer with a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Has studied, researched, developed, implemented, and taught comprehensive instructional design and performance, management models. He has designed and developed best-practice instruction and evaluation for clients including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Institute of Health, the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Western Governor's University, Utah State University,  the University of Phoenix, Shell Oil, Franklin Covey, National Education Training Group (NETg), Oracle, Hewlett Packard, the Brigham Young University Family History Center and Continuing Education Department and many others. Currently, he assists organizations in developing world-class training, and performance improvement programs. You do not want to miss this program.  Here are links to some of what is talked about in this episode: Five Star Course Review Rubric
59:34
June 15, 2020
S1E8 - Digital Citizenship: An Interview with Susan M. Bearden CETL
Susan M. Bearden CETL is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Consortium for School Networking (COSN). With over 12 years of experience, she has championed the adoption of a number of innovative classroom technologies, including BYOD, Google Apps for Education, social media in the classroom, iPads, Chromebooks, and Makerspaces. In 2015, she received the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award from the Florida Society for Technology in Education. In 2014, Bearden received the Bammy Award for School Technologist of the Year (www.bammyawards.org) and was also a finalist in the category of Education Talk Show Host.   She has authored a great book called Digital Citizenship: A community-based approach and on this episode, we talk about what it means to be a good digital citizen, resources for teaching digital citizenship and how a community-based approach is the best way for all of us to strengthen the integrity of our digital footprints and keep our families, schools, employees and other stakeholders safe while using the most powerful digital tools for knowledge and learning, the world wide web and some of the greatest communication tools ever designed, the social media.   This is a great interview and has a host of ideas for any digital instructor on any educational level. Don't miss this episode!
54:21
May 18, 2020
S1E7: Social Constructivist Foundations for Digital Instruction, Learning and Design
In this episode, join Dr. Timothy M. Stafford from St. Thomas University as he discusses social constructivism and its approach to areas of education like reality, knowledge, and learning. These principles become part of the foundational fabric of social learning, digital education, digital instruction, and instructional design for online learning. This episode is full of things to really consider as you continue to move forward as a digital instructor using digital educational spaces and designing courses for those spaces and students. 
27:28
May 4, 2020
S1E6: On A Desert Island with My Students - Navigating Remote and Online Learning in and Beyond a C
S1E6: On A Desert Island with Your Students - Navigating Remote and Online Learning in and Beyond a Crisis Navigating remote and online learning due to the COVID-19 Curveball is tricky and there are many dilemmas that digital instructors are facing. Ther are also many decisions that are going to need to be made about the future of education and the evolution that is taking place. Join Dr. Tim Stafford from St. Thomas University as he discusses these issues and looks at how to begin to make decisions about the future "new normal," that education will take on post-COVID-19.
27:28
April 18, 2020
S1E5: The COVID-19 Curveball - Digital Instructors by Assignment
The COVID-19 curveball has come across the plate and many instructors have become digital instructors by assignment. Join Dr. Tim Stafford from St. Thomas University as he talks about five principles that every digital instructor including those who are new to destruction by assignment can apply to their digital instruction to become rockstars in online learning. For more information about getting your school online - Download Dr. Tim's new e-guide for schools at www.thecovid19curveball.com 
25:24
March 24, 2020
S1E4: Resourcing Digital Students and Building Community
Join Dr. Tim Stafford, Program Director for the MS in Instructional Design and Technology program at St. Thomas University, as he talks about resourcing students in digital environments, and using tools like Wakelet, to build communities and collegiality between digital instructors and their students. As promised in the podcast, here is a link to Dr. Tim's Wakelet collections. 
14:09
February 24, 2020
S1E3: 3 Ways to Shift Your Mindset for Effective Digital Instruction
If you are concerned about being an effective digital instructor, and you are worried about your ability to keep moving forward, it might be time to shift your mindset in your digital role. Join Dr. Tim Stafford, of St. Thomas University as he details the three things that make the most impact as a digital instructor: Unfettered Access, Purposeful Engagement, and Leveraging of Humanity. 
25:00
February 17, 2020
S1E2: Digital Literacy: An Introduction
Join Dr. Tim Stafford of St. Thomas University as he talks about the foundations of digital literacy and its impact in the instructional space.
14:19
February 11, 2020
S1E1: Intro to the Digital Instructor Podcast
Meet Dr Tim Stafford of St. Thomas University. He introduces the podcast and also the discussion of education, instruction. And instructional design in digital spaces.
14:02
January 28, 2020