Creating Transformative Educational Experiences for Adult Learners in Asynchronous Courses

Creating Transformative Educational Experiences for Adult Learners in Asynchronous Courses: Approaches, Problems, and an Experiment in eLearning. By Rob Thomas, Ph.D. © 2019 ITEC 800 Final Project for Dr. Donahue 1. Instructional Design Thinking Graphic: “Thinking Design.” Licensed through Envato Elements Instructional Design is a problem-solving process that includes four major steps: Know Your Learner. […]

Prototyping an e-Learning Platform for Adult Learners

This presentation is about the e-learning platform for adult learners I’ve been talking about building for years, and which I finally began to develop as a prototype during the fall of 2019.  1. The Problem I’ve been teaching interesting courses like feminist porn studies, San Francisco modernism, melodrama and society and the philosophy of Rick […]

Heutagogy is Everywhere

Left image: How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Complete Idiot by John Muir (1971). Source: 1. Observation This ID begins with an observation. Heutagogy is everywhere. I think what we call self-directed learning, otherwise known as D.I.Y., has been around a lot longer than our […]

What is the Present?

Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands. They are thus in this sense irrelevant. But precisely because of this condition, precisely through their disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than others of perceiving and grasping […]

Working with H5P Interactive Content

1. Working With H5P In this emerging tech demo, I’ll be looking at H5P—located at—an online platform for delivering feature rich HTML5 content and apps across multiple digital platforms. HP5 is, indeed, feature rich and, more importantly, open source and free to use. I encourage anyone working in instructional design to check out what’s […]

Thinking With “Shoes”

1. Thinking With Shoes I was recently reminded of Liam Kyle Sullivan’s 2006 electro-clash, viral video, “Shoes.” I was teaching the work of photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge. My students and I were discussing the massive technological changes that marked the 19th century, variously described as, the “annihilation of time” (Marx) and the “annihilation of […]

Making Instructional Videos with LumaFusion

1. Making instructional videos In this instructional demo, I’ll be writing about my experiences designing media rich online learning environments for adults using LumaTouch’s video editing app, LumaFusion. LumaFusion is a full feature video editing app for the iPadPro and iPhone. That means that just about anyone can record, edit, assemble, and upload instructional videos quickly, all […]

Until the End of the [Hello] World!

This is a test of my post template. How does it look? The featured image is from Wim Wenders untimely 1991 film Until the End of the World; a film about people who become entranced by images of their own unconscious as the world is coming to an end. You can view the original trailer in […]