Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Job, Professional Development

The Instructional Design Interview

Last week, in preparation for a class, I reached out to professional instructional designers (ID) via Facebook and asked them to share good instructional design related questions that they had to answer in an interview in the past. The reason for collecting these questions was to engage my graduate students in an mock interview exercise.

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The response from the ID community in Facebook was great. I am still getting notifications of questions that are getting posted. In addition to the questions posted by ID professionals, I also asked the graduate students in both the Intro and Advance IDT Seminar courses to create questions that would be a good fit for an ID-related interview.

Here is the final Google document with all the interview questions, including those: a) crowdsourced from Facebook, b) UT IDT Intro seminar students, and c) UT IDT Advance seminar students: The Instructional Design Interview

If you are interested in becoming part of this ID FB communities, here are the links:

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Assistant Professor of Education Position at The University of Tampa #TenureTrack

We have an “Assistant Professor of Education” (primarily Instructional Design & Technology) position open for Fall 2017. Application due September 30, 2016. Hope you consider coming to work with me.

Assistant Professor of Education [University of Tampa] — Employment Site

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Apply Now: #AECT16 Early Career Symposium

If you are an advance doctoral student or an early career faculty, I strongly recommend applying to the AECT 2016 Early Career Symposium. I participated in 2012 and it was a wonderful experience. For me, it was a great way to meet other graduate students and early career faculty (network). I also enjoyed interacting with the mentors (they shared their experiences in academia and provided advice). This are the intended outcomes of the early career symposium:

  • Mentoring of doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in ideation, prototyping, idea execution, and knowledge curation;
  • Supporting early-career faculty and doctoral students in developing viable short- and long-term cyberlearning research agendas;
  • Providing specific feedback and guidance to early-career faculty and doctoral students about their research agendas (e.g. how to build a research agenda, pursue funding, and maintain successful collaborations);
  • Expanding and strengthening the cyberlearning community by creating a community of researchers committed to designing the next generation of learning technologies and increasing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments.

For more information or to apply:

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Sneak Preview: #AECT16 Research & Theory Division Highlights

Yesterday, I purchased my plane ticket to Las Vegas (to attend the AECT 2016 International Convention later this year).  This reminded me that I wanted to share a sneak preview of the AECT Research & Theory Division (RTD) sessions. As you know (if you read my blog posts regularly), I have the pleasure of serving as the AECT RTD Convention Planner as well as the Featured Research (FR) Sessions planner. The peer review process for all the sessions was earlier this year (it was not an easy process). The AECT RTD had a large number of good submissions and, at the same time, it had a limited number of allotted presentation hours (plus we had very rigorous reviewers). Now that the review process is completed and all accepted authors have been notified, all planners put together division highlights for the conference printed program. Below are the sneak preview or “highlights” for the AECT RTD and Featured Research Sessions. The full AECT16 schedule will be available in a few months.

Featured Research Sessions

Research and Theory Highlights

For more info about the conference, visit the AECT 2016 website:



Instructional Design, Job

Instructional Design Entry Level Positions at Deloitte Services LP


I received the following two positions from Deloitte Services LP in Orlando, FL (see attachments):

Solution Associate: FY16_Solution Associate_HCap OTT_Final

Solution Developer: FY16_Solution Developer_HCap OTT_Final

One is geared towards associate students [Solution Associate] while the other is for bachelor/master’s students [Solution Developer]. We would really appreciate it if you can pass this along to anyone who may be interested and is a good fit. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions — Lan Nguyen (

Lan Nguyen
Deloitte Services LP

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Postdoctoral Research Position @ The Ohio State University

Postdoctoral Researcher Position at The Ohio State University

The College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join in a multi-disciplinarily team to provide research and evaluation service on a statewide project on K-12 digital learning implementation. As a member of the research and evaluation team, the researcher will assist with research design, planning, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods. Working with school districts, the researcher will design and select measurement instruments, manage various data collection efforts, facilitate interviews and focus groups, and conduct observations. He/she will work closely with other team members in report writing and maintaining communication with program staff. In addition, the researcher is expected to contribute to the development and design of new research projects; participate in a program of grant writing; develop materials that support the translation and application of research to practice; contribute to papers submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals; develop presentations for scientific conferences; and write evaluation reports.

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in evaluation, measurement, applied statistics, educational psychology, social science, or related field before the starting date of the position. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the design of program evaluations for K-12 educational technology implementation programs through both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The position, a one-year appointment with annual renewal expected for two years contingent upon satisfactory performance, will begin September 15, 2014. The position is contingent upon the final approval of funding. In order to ensure full consideration, please send curriculum vitae, graduate school transcript, contact information for three references, up to two first-authored (or primary role) papers or publications, and a one-page cover letter describing career goals, research interests, research expertise and reasons for applying to Dr. Kui Xie ( Review of application will begin upon receipt of these materials.

About The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University is a nationally-ranked premier Research I institution that is highly committed to promoting the lives of young children through research, practice, and leadership. Located in Columbus, Ohio, national rankings place OSU among the nation’s top 25 public institutions. This postdoctoral researcher will be located in the Research Laboratory for Digital Learning in Department of Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Ecology at OSU. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked our graduate education program as ninth among public universities. Four of the programs in Department of Educational Studies are ranked in the top 10 nationally and three programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally. In addition, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis named us as outstanding. More information about the college is available at

Kui Xie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Learning Technologies
The Ohio State University
College of Education and Human Ecology Department of Educational Studies
310K Ramseyer Hall, 29 West Woodruff Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
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