My first use of a QR code

I created my first QR code (QR = quick response). When you scan this code, most likely with an APP on your mobile device, you are linked to my Neal’s Media site, where I archive my papers, presentations, projects, etc. The IDT693 course is all about working productively in one’s field. The QR code is just one way to improve access to our work.

There are several applications you can use to create a QR. I just used Microsoft Tag, which is free. I had to create a hotmail email account, so that I could log in to the Microsoft Tag page. Creating these is relatively easy. You, DO, however, have to think through what you will do with these. I chose for my first QR to link to a web page.

On the microsoft tag site you refer to a list of tags you’ve made and can download the tag for your use in other media. I just downloaded the Tag as a jpg so I could insert into sites or documents.



Forget the productivity APPs, we need something better!

Forget the productivity APPs, we need something better!

“David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” isn’t getting the app treatment. Instead, Allen and some very experienced developers are aiming to take over all your inboxes and assure you peace of mind.”

I was reading this story from Fast Company magazine (which I highly endorse on all things). Seeing the name David Allen got my attention, as I’ve read 2 of his books on getting things done, one of which is titled Getting Things Done.

The BIG IDEA from this article is “intentional programming,” a way to get all designers on the same page and connected with how people get things done. It’s a bit technical, idea-wise, but I can see this approach being the driver behind APP-development. This is a design problem and humans can solve it.


IDT693 final dates

Monday, November 12: NO CLASS

Sunday or Monday, November 18/19: Post to eCampus P5 (P4+data analysis procedures)

Monday, November 26: Panera, 4.00 pm ~ this is primarily a social event

Monday, December 3: LAST CLASS – your next steps

Monday, December 10: post to eCampus P6 – revised proposal


ALSO EMAILED TO YOU VIA MIX on Thursday, November 8

AECT Conference Day 5 – Friday – My Second Presentation and Goodbye’s

I’m writing this on Sunday having returned from a drive back to Louisville. Friday was my last full day at this conference, the national/international IDT conference. 600-700 people was what I heard had enrolled, down a bit because of the Hurricane.

Friday morning I attended a meeting for the ETR&D journal, the top publication in this field. You might recall that ETR&D includes two major sections: Research and Development. I review for the Development side. I’m privileged to have two articles published in this journal. The publication receives about 350 manuscripts a year for 6 issues and only 8% are accepted. This journal is very selective but does provide helpful feedback from the reviewers.

Friday afternoon was my roundtable session about the D&D course. We talked mostly about what such a course should be about, name for the course, how the course sequences with other courses. Dr. Kale attended and we discussed maybe re-titling the prototype studio as Design and Production, or Prototyping. We’re likely to make some changes in the master’s program, adding Multimedia Learning and Visual Literacy. Every 3 years I can see making official requests for course changes. This process takes 6-9 months and is very slow for what we want to do.

I spend dinner with a good friend of mine from Virginia Tech, now at University of West Georgia. Abbot and I roomed together for many conferences, maybe over 15+ years. So it was good to touch base with him again. He was president of Eastern Educational Research Association, a regional affiliate of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the major educational research conference held each spring (10,000+ attendance). I was the communications and newsletter editor of EERA for 3 years back in the early 2000’s.

Evening was attending another reception and saying goodbye to everyone. This conference for me was about “being a good colleague” – a reputation that’s earned for the years. Also, I chatted with 7 potential applicants for the IDT position. I got no work done at this conference, as my work here was re-connecting, listening, the IDT position, and thinking about our IDT program. The week was worth the time, although I’m horribly behind on my eCampus assignments. The expense was $1500+. If you’re going to be taken serious in this field you have to attend this and other conferences and disseminate your work. This was my 80th conference. You figure the investment of time and money. The relationships I’ve developed over 20 years have been totally worth it.

AECT Conference Day 4 – Thursday – My First Session and Meeting with IDT Faculty candidates

If you’re going to be hired as a faculty member in a tenure-track position in most any field, conference activities are an important activity. I would not have been promoted as an associate and later as a full professor without the connections I made at conferences like this. Also, you learn so much from others. What I’ve learned this week is the tremendous energy and enthusiasm that many in the IDT field demonstrate when they attend conferences like this. For me, I’m grateful at the attention I receive from peers in my field – you have to go out of town sometimes to feel validated. Unfortunate, but true.

Breakfast: talked with Jennifer Morrison, daughter of Gary Morrison, one of the leaders in the IDT field. Jennifer has applied for the IDT faculty position here, so I’m excited that she might want the position. Also was introduced to Peggy Mezaros, former provost at Virginia Tech when I was a graduate student there.

Talked with Drew Polly, former UGA student, now at UNC-Wilmington. His roommate Michael Barbour at Wayne State wants to talk with me about the position, so I’m scheduling that. I have two other chats with prospects at 10.15 (Marissa from Indiana U) and 3.00 pm (Karen, Colorado State University). Emails from 3 others interested in the position. Try to meet with them tomorrow.

Ran into Debbie Denise Reese, another VT graduate, who is now at Wheeling-Jesuit doing work in the long-time funded NASA project there. I graduated from a very good IDT program, both faculty and the students I worked with. Many of them are in leadership positions, and most recently two of my peers have been president of AECT. I re-united with another VT buddy who’s at U. of West Georgia. We roomed together at conferences for many years and were officers in the Eastern Educational Research Association. We try to find the cheapest breakfast in town.

This afternoon myself and four others presented a panel on getting tenure. There might be a video eventually, as the session was recorded. Tomorrow, I have a roundtable session on this course.

Dinner was spent with Ruth/Depaul and Kat/University of Houston and three other faculty members from Florida State University, probably the top IDT program in the US. I’m honored to be in their company and to “break bread” with these people.

AECT Conference Day 3 – Wednesday – Meeting People

Last night I met a Cindy York, a Purdue graduate now working at Northern Illinois University. She’s thinking of using my Mastering the Possibilities book. She said the title has been used at Purdue, which is surprising to me since there are many other fine ID textbooks out there. Peggy Ertmer, long-standing Purdue faculty member, authored 2 editions of a case book on instructional design, much used in the IDT field. Cindy and I were sharing the reality that we have all of this online work to comment on, as well as do our conference business here. Part of what occurs at conferences is that people see you here, and that you’re representing your university.

Morning time was spent in a sitting area and meeting the following leaders of the field:

  • Tom Reeves, U. Of Georgia, retired. Design and Development Research. Maybe a campus visit.
  • Met Al Ritzhaupt, editor of a book on case studies using technology in education. I authored a book chapter. Should be available shortly. It was nice to meet F2F with the actual editor.
  • David Merrill, Utah State, retired. One of the godfathers of the IDT field. Current book: “First Principles of Instruction.” He signed his first copy for me. (picture below)
  • Wade Cates: Leigh University; John Burton, Virginia Tech (one of my professors)

Afternoon sessions: (1) issues in offering an online doctoral program and (2) consulting service for online courses, design studio course. Made three contacts on IDT faculty position.

picture below: presentation group from U. of Memphis. The tall fellow is Trey Martindale. Dr. Ahern was Trey’s doctoral advisor when they were at Texas Tech. He’s a leader in this field, a good guy, and quite the basketball player. One of these days I will be able to score some points over him, but unlikely. Trey brought 3 graduate students giving them experience at a conference like this and documenting their work.

Evening: reception where I see a lot of people/evening dinner with friends. Tomorrow, my first of two presentations.

AECT Conference Day 2 – Tuesday – People Arrive & Reunions

I’m excited to see Ruth and Kat arrive, my panel-partners for an event on tenure scheduled for Thursday. I met Ruth at an AECT conference in Houston and an AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference some years ago and connected immediately. At the time we were both graduate students and regularly attending conferences to gain practice at doing the research piece. One of the benefits of the doctoral degree and conferencing is that you meet people who have crossed your path and stopped enough to become friends. Ruth is at DePaul in Chicago and Katherine Ley is from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Kat is an interesting personality in her own right – a top methodologist from Florida State and a form of motion that would intimidate many people. We share a sense of humor and exuberance for our work. Good models are hard to find for what we do. Not everyone can do it.

Below is a picture of a poken. Poken is a USB device that shares information. Each registrant is given this device. You go online to and log in and complete profile information. Then you insert your poken into your laptop and the poken usb device synchronizes with the online info. When you meet someone you want to share contact info with, you have both poken devices touch each other, the light turns green and you’ve collected the person’s profile information. A business card would be just as easy, but they’re trying something new out.

Wednesday the conference begins with workshops and major sessions. I present on Thursday and Friday. Dr. Kale made it here despite the weather. He socialized with some of his friends from Indiana University, a major IDT program.