Learning Ventures

Course Design Consultations

Learning Ventures staff provides individual and small group consultation sessions to faculty and teaching assistants regarding instructional design, multimedia production, and educational technology.

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Instructional designers hold office hours Monday through Thursday each semester. Faculty and teaching assistants for online and blended courses are welcome to stop by for an instructional design consultation, or to schedule an appointment with them to discuss Quality Matters and Best Practices for online learning.

Instructional designers work collaboratively with faculty in the design and development of online and blended learning courses.  They also work with Creative Services staff and educational technologists in the development and delivery of courses to ensure Best Practices are seamlessly incorporated.

Instructional designers can meet with you to:

  • Craft a course development plan
  • Discuss learning objectives for online and blended learning courses
  • Recommend design choices - such as course structure, learning activities, assessment strategies, and orientation guidelines - which align with learning objectives
  • Recommend appropriate technologies that can enhance student learning
  • Provide guidance regarding copyright and accessibility issues
  • Discuss strategies for building and facilitating online community in your courses
  • Discuss strategies for promoting academic integrity online
  • Provide guidance regarding management of the online workload
  • Collaborate with multimedia designers in the creation of multimedia learning objects for optimal usability
  • Collaborate with educational technologists regarding the effective use of technology
  • Discuss course design evaluation results and Quality Matters standards for course revision
      I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Phoebe Ballard and Mingli Xiao for the past seven years. Both women have been in cooperation an inspiration, and a great source of knowledge for me . . . Last semester, I enrolled in the online certification course, which was taught by both women, the class was informative and very relevant to my needs . . . As a final note, I can only state, that their role in my teaching, which is reflected in my own teaching is therefore very important for the educational enrichment of my students and their educational goals. ~ Yolanda Mora-Calderon, M.Ed. Adjunct Professor of Spanish

 

Phoebe Ballard, M.Ed.   
Sr. Instructional Designer and Coor. for Special Projects
419-530-4379
Phoebe.Ballard@utoledo.edu
Memorial Field House 3040C

Designer for:
Communication and the Arts
Honors College
Languages, Literature and Social Science: AFST, ALS, ENGL, GEPL, HUM, LST, MLS, PSC, WGST
Law

Office Hours:
Wednesday: 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 12 PM

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Rachel Barnes, M.Ed.    
Instructional Designer
419-530-2332
Rachel.Barnes@utoledo.edu 
Memorial Field House 3035A

Designer for: 
Adult and Lifelong Learning 
Health Science: HEAL, RCRT, RCBS, PUBH 
Languages, Literature and Social Science: SOC
Nursing
YouCollege

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 10 AM – 12 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM – 3 PM

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Jonee Lee, M.Ed.   

Instructional Designer/Assistive Technology Specialist
419-530-2149
Jonee.Lee@utoledo.edu
Memorial Field House 3035B

Designer for:
Business and Innovation: HURM, PSLS, MGMT, MKTG
Social Justice and Human Service

Office Hours:
Thursday: 1 PM – 3 PM
Friday: 10AM – 12PM

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Christopher L. Prevette, MS
Instructional Designer
419-530-4116
Christopher.Prevette@utoledo.edu 
Main Campus - Memorial Field House (FH 3040-D)
419-530-5816
Health Science Campus – Collier (COB 4204)

Designer for:
Engineering
Health Sciences: HHS, HIM, HCAR, HSHS, KINE
Medicine and Life Sciences
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office Hours:
Monday: 1 PM – 3 PM (HSC)
Tuesday: 10AM – 12PM (Main)

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Mingli Xiao, Ph.D.
Sr. Instructional Designer 
419-530-4390   
Mingli.Xiao@utoledo.edu
Memorial Field House 3040B

Designer for:
Education
Health Sciences: SLP
Languages, Literature and Social Science: CHIN, ECON, HIST, JPAN, PHIL, PSY, REL, SPAN

Office Hours:
Monday: 10 AM – 12 PM
Tuesday: 1 PM – 3 PM

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Peter You, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Design and Development
419-530-4016
Peter.You@utoledo.edu
Memorial Field House 3040A

Designer for:
Business and Innovation: ACCT, AOT, FINA, IOTM

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Multimedia Design Consultations

Learning Ventures provides high-quality and effective e-learning solutions, including audio, video, animation, and interactivity, simulations and assessment tools. The multimedia designer works collaboratively with instructional designers and faculty subject matter experts to conceptualize and produce interactive instructional content for online courses. Multimedia designers also build and deploy interfaces that enhance and integrate with our academic courses.

“From its inception, this division has compartmentalized expertise, viz., the content and organization of each course has been the responsibility of the academicians and the design and  actual creation of the course site has been the responsibility of the expert technical staff. To encourage professors to develop complete, well-designed courses, stipends and technical expertise have been offered to develop new courses . . . I have had the good fortune to work with Todd Rains and Robert Nix as the multimedia designers for my courses. Both Todd and Robert are examples of the consummate professional. They quickly and expertly fix any problem that my students or I encounter. They always respond to my requests as well as suggest improvements for my course sites. I have no doubt that my students are able to learn much more in my courses because of the actions of these two professionals. The success of online learning at the University of Toledo depends primarily on professionals like Todd and Robert and secondarily on academics like me. They are a vital and necessary component of the educational role of Learning  Ventures.” ~ Ernest DuBrul, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Robert Nix, MFA
Multimedia Designer
419-530-4378
Robert.Nix@utoledo.edu

Todd Rains, B.A.
Multimedia Designer
419-530-4384 
Todd.Rains@utoledo.edu

We develop and execute multimedia solutions to meet your Web-based teaching/learning objectives (see sample video) by:

  • Recording, editing and processing digital audio and video (green screen)
  • Translating training needs into interactive, Web-based models
  • Developing and creating high quality 2D and 3D graphical elements
  • Developing high quality 3D graphic and animated objects
  • Participating in the designing, coding, programming and interface development for mobile devices (HTML5, PHP, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Supporting the development of storyboarding, scripts, prototypes, alpha and beta testing
  • Suggesting techniques for creating collaborative and active learning activities, including developing simulation-based learning models
  • Guiding faculty in evaluating current course design to encourage improvements with visual instructional materials
  • Conceptualizing special-purpose media projects
  • Providing multimedia support to faculty and stakeholders
MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION TIMELINE
Video/Audio Recording, editing and processing digital video (“Green Screen”) and audio 4 weeks from recording to editing/completion
Graphic Design Developing and creating high quality 2D and 3D graphical elements 2D: 1-6 weeks from initial concept design to completion
3D: 1-6 weeks from design to modeling, from textures to final render
Programming Participation in the design, programming and interface development of course learning objects and mobile device compatibilities (ie. HTML5, PHP, JavaScript, etc.) Dependent on the scope/size of the project; minimum 4-16 weeks from initial consultation and storyboard to programming development and completion
Design Consultation Suggesting techniques for creating collaborative and active learning activities, including developing simulation-based learning models 10 weeks from design to modeling, from textures/animation to final render; 4 weeks for coding and; 2 weeks for testing
Web-Based Models Translating training needs into interactive, web-based models 6 weeks after final consultation to completion
Development Support Supporting the development of storyboarding, script writing, prototypes and alpha and beta testing 10 weeks from design to modeling, from textures/animation to final render; 4 weeks for coding and; 2 weeks for testing
Visual Course Evaluation/Consultation  Guiding faculty in evaluating current course design to encourage improvements with interface design and visual instructional materials 1 day - 2 weeks from scheduling initial consultation to storyboard
Type of Multimedia Description Timeline
Animated Learning Objects Developing high quality 2D/3D animated learning objects 10 weeks from design to modeling, from textures to final render

 

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Last Updated: 6/26/15