EdTech Speaks


009 with Dr. Tobin, Using Technology in Higher Ed

Season 1, Ep. 9

On today's episode, we invited Thomas J. Tobin to join us. Thomas, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC is the Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally recognized speaker and author on quality in technology-enhanced education. His books include

• Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (2015).

• The Copyright Ninja: Rise of the Ninja (2017).

• Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018).

• Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020). 

He says, "A lot of you will know that if you want to have job security, one of the things you can look for is anybody who wants an instructional designer, an ed tech person. These days you can kind of write your own ticket because people are desperate for someone who knows the technology and who can also talk about it in plain language that other people will understand."

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019 Improving the Online Learning Experience with Dr. Luke Hobson

Season 1, Ep. 19
Welcome to this week's episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we interview Dr. Luke Hobson. He is a Program Manager at MIT and leads the product development team for new online programs for MIT xPRO. His specialties include Universal Design for Learning, learning sciences, simulations, podcasts, and scenario-based learning. He’s also an Adjunct Instructor for SNHU, teaching a variety of courses on leadership, marketing, and IT. Dr. Hobson is the founder of Instructional Design Institute and the host of the Dr. Luke Hobson Podcast. In addition to an Ed.D. (SNHU) and an M.S. (SNHU), he has also completed several higher education programs at Harvard University and MIT.Dr. Hobson shares his story all about overcoming obstacles and realistic expectations of the instructional design world and several ways how to make the online learning experience come alive and not be a boring process. Today, when asked about using technology in his business, he says, "Literally, technology is in everything I design for online learning. Some examples would be making podcasts for online courses, using simulations, using social media platforms, etc. My purpose is to make the online learning experience engaging, fun, and interactive for students."Learn more and connect with Dr. Hobson here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/393570904994506/https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-hobson-edd-7a685622/https://twitter.com/drlukehobsonhttps://drlukehobson.com/https://instructionaldesigninstitute.mykajabi.com/