Instructional Design Newsletter – May 2015

Instructional Design Newsletter
2015 May

2015 May | Instructional Design Newsletter (pdf)

TLTR Best Practices Committee

At the request of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable Best Practices Committee, Dr. Koutsoftas (School of Health and Medical Science) and Dr. Ladik (Stillman School of Business) each worked with TLTC Digital Media Services to produce a short video highlighting best practices with designing, building, and teaching an online course.
This month we are bringing your Dr. Koutsoftas’ video; look for Dr. Ladik’s video in the June edition of the TLTC ID Newsletter.

TLTR Technology Carnival

The TLTR Technology Carnival, attended by Seton Hall faculty, staff, and students, was held on the afternoon of April 21st.
Faculty from across the University presented on a wide range of technology driven or supported projects.

Twitter_EnvironmentTwo of the topics presented included the Virtual Patient from the College of Nursing, and the use of Arduino Computing devices by Environmental Studies.


TLTR Day of Play

MakerDayThe TLTR Day of Play, held last week, was well attended by Seton Hall faculty, staff, and students. Those in attendance had the opportunity to construct a no-sew scarf, create a flower from a fruit-roll-up, and watch a 3D printing demo.
Look for another Day of Play this June.




Workshops and Special Events

Session descriptions and registration links available at:

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: Inclusive Strategies for Teaching 
TLTC Summer Series
Tuesday, May 19 @ 9:00 AM | click here to register

Experience and research tell us that all students learn in different ways that are unique to them.  Yet, educational experiences are often designed around a “one size fits all” curriculum.  Often attempts to address learner variability happens when faced with students that require accommodations.  However, we can implement a framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods and assessments with the diversity of learners in mind, where differences in the classroom are planned for in advance and are an asset.  This special workshop day will focus on the principles of universal design for learning.  We will explore this issue from a variety of perspectives and identify course design alternatives and technologies to support learner diversity.   Don’t miss this special “call to action”.

Online Course Development – Simplified

TLTC Summer Series
Wednesday, May 20 @ 9:00 AM | click here to register

Developing on online courses can be challenging if you do not know where to begin or how to convert your face to face materials to an online format. The day begins with Prof. Anthony Koutsoftas, Assistant Professor from the Department of Speech Language Pathology and creator of this year’s TLTC online exemplar course for 7 Tips for Developing an Online Course. The day continues as we discuss the needs of the learner and share resources for finding and creating engaging content. Methods, strategies and templates for developing an online course will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to develop an outline for a module/unit or week for their course.

Learn by Playing: Gaming in Education
TLTC Summer Series
Thursday, May 21 @ 9:00 AM | click here to register

Join the TLT Center and engage in what Albert Einstein described as “the highest form of research” (playing) as we look at the art of using games in the classroom and level up our skills through playing games that can be used for teaching and learning.  We will define gamification, its benefits, and what research says about games in education.  You will get practice advice and hands on experience creating your own game elements for the content you teach.  We will also play several examples of games then discuss which elements provide the most benefits for the classroom use.



Instructional Design Team


Danielle Mirliss, Ed.D.
Director for Instructional Design and Computer Training, TLT Center
(973) 313-6021
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Renee M. Cicchino, M.A.
Senior Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6249
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  • Online Course Development Project Manager
  • Special Projects
  • School of Diplomacy
  • University Library


Amy Phillips, M.Ed.
Learning Systems Manager
(973) 275-2933
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  • Blackboard Support


Bill Otskey
Computer Training Services, Manager
(973) 275-2161


Shayle Adrian, M.S., M.Ed. 
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6189
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  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Department of Communication & The Arts
  • School of Health & Medical Sciences


Veronica Armour, M.A.T.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2930
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  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Department of English
  • Freshman Studies
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Language, Literature & Culture


Heidi Trotta, M.A., Ed.M.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2882
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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Political Science & Public Affairs
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Theology
  • Department of Religion


Riad Twal, M.A, M.S., Ed.S.
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6043
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  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Math & Computer Science
  • Stillman School of Business