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This guide serves faculty, staff, and students in improving and supporting instruction and learning in various learning environments (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online). This represents our effort to share our knowledge with you.

Instructional Design Specialist

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Sandra Rogers
Contact:
Spring Hill College

Burke Memorial Library, Room 113

4000 Dauphin Street

Mobile, Alabama 36608-1791

http://www.shc.edu/
251-380-4480
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About Me

Sandra Rogers is the instructional designer, content developer, and trainer at Spring Hill College. She recently completed the doctorate program in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama (USA). Her dissertation was on the use of massively multiplayer online role-playing games with language learning optimizing activities to improve English language learners' grammar, listening, reading, and vocabulary. Her other research interests are e-learning, Ignatian pedagogy, and problem-solving. 

Sandra has a masters in teaching English as a second language (ESL) from the University of Alabama and elementary teacher education from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She has K-12 bilingual (Spanish and ESL) teaching certification from California and elementary teaching certification from Alabama. Her college-level teaching included courses on ESL, reading, and Spanish. She has been an educator for 22 years and has taught in Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Mozambique, and the US in public and private settings.

Before coming to SHC, she worked for the USA’s Innovation in Learning Center as a content developer, instructional designer, and trainer. Her career highlights include the following: co-coordinating and mentoring for TESOL’s Electronic Village Online professional development sessions, teaching as an English Fellow at a Mozambican university for the U.S. government, teaching dual language (Spanish/English) Pre-K class as a demonstration teacher for UCLA’s laboratory school, managing K-12 Spanish and ESL educational products nationwide for Hampton-Brown publisher, and volunteering for the Peace Corps in Honduras.

She and her husband live in Daphne, Alabama. Sandra loves to learn and share her knowledge and experience with others. Find all of her projects by googling her moniker, Teacherrogers.

Request Help

Faculty,

Contact the instructional design team if you have a technological integration question for your online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses. See contact information in the sidebar. Open a ticket via SchoolDude Incident and select either LMS for learning management system (enrollment or technical issue with Schoology), Online Class (need help with Gradebook, etc), Surveys, or Training from the menu provided. The Spring Hill College (SHC) Help Desk is assigning these tickets to us. We endeavor to resolve your issues in a timely manner.

Instructional Resource Service Roles

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Instructional Design Specialist: Dr. Sandra Rogers (x4480)

  • Leads instructional design services for faculty
  • Trains faculty, staff, & students on effective educational technologies
  • Coordinates various surveys for faculty & staff
  • Supports the educational technology specialist with Schoology

Educational Technology Support Specialist: Dwight Spivey (x3878)

  • Administers the learning management system, Schoology
  • Provides software application support & training
  • Coordinates various surveys for faculty & staff
  • Supports the instructional design specialist

Quality Matters Informal Review

Faculty:

Quality Matters (QM) is an organization that provides rubrics and guidelines for quality online instruction. Sandra Rogers is a certified QM Peer Reviewer who is available to conduct informal reviews of your online courses. Read Sandra's blog on QM to learn a little about the organization, its history, and the process. The QM rubric is based on extensive literature reviews and practical application. See the attached document to view its standards.

Instructional Design Defined

Formal Definition

Instructional design (ID) encompasses a wide array of activities to improve human performance, learning, products, processes, and overall return on investments. ID includes the use of research, theory, and common sense. Instructional designers work closely with organizations and subject matter experts to solve problems, determine needs, improve outcomes, and/or find opportunities through systematic analysis and model-based approaches. For example, before producing a learning object, designers will systematically breakdown the skills, subskills, and entry level skills of a learning task for analysis to inform design decisions. ID includes the full spectrum of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation in a systems approach method.

Informal Definition

Instructional design utilizes critical thinking, expert knowledge, best practices, and technologies to improve an organization either system-wide or in discrete work units. Technology refers to any tool, software or hardware, or process. For example, simple writing tasks can be improved with an ergo-dynamic fountain pen, desk, and workstation. From this example, even a pen is considered technology. It’s the role of the instructional designer to take all matters, including potentially insignificant ones like a writing tool, into consideration when developing a plan of action for intended outcomes.

Educational Technology Specialist

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Dwight Spivey is the Educational Technology Specialist at Spring Hill College. Dwight served in the ranks of the corporate world for nearly two decades after studying computer science at USA and Auburn. He worked for XANTE Corporation as a marketing analyst and Mac administrator before moving on to Konica Minolta (formerly QMS). He held several titles at Konica Minolta, including Mac administrator, level III engineer (creating and maintaining print drivers and utilities), and product manager for KM's Optimized Print Services division. 

Dwight is also a published technical author and editor, having worked for publishing giants McGraw-Hill, Wiley, and Penguin / Random House / DK. Represented by Waterside Productions, Dwight has authored 18 titles, such as the bestselling How to do Everything Mac (several editions for McGraw-Hill), Home Automation for Dummies (Wiley), Idiot's Guide to Apple Watch (DK), and his most recent book, iPhone for Seniors for Dummies (Wiley). In addition to his own writing, Dwight has also edited more than 10 books for other technical authors, such as Guy Hart-Davis and Bobbi Sandberg. His technical interests include all things Apple, desktop and mobile operating systems, wearable tech, software and apps, and smart home automation. 

Dwight is married to Cindy, and they have been blessed with four fantastic children: Victoria, Devyn, Emi and Reid. The family lives in Mobile, Alabama and are members of St. Dominic Catholic Parish, where Dwight is also the sitting Vice Chairperson for the St. Dominic Catholic School Advisory Board. 

You can find Dwight in BL208, email him at dspivey@shc.edu, or call at 251-380-3878.

Ed Tech User Group

Organizer: Gentry Holbert, Director of Library & Instructional Resource Services (LIRS)

Members: Faculty, Staff, & Students

Charge: As the College moves forward with increased online, hybrid, and web-enhanced classes, there's a need to focus and centralize the educational technology services that support teaching, learning, and research on campus. We held our first open meeting on 8/21/14 in the cafeteria. We met as the Ed Tech User Group monthly until 2016 to review and discuss educational technologies, technology support, and pedagogy. This included, but was not limited to, the functionalities of the learning management system (LMS), educational Google apps, online textbooks associated with Web content, as well as support, training, and community groups on campus. We have since moved our discussions and sharing online to a Google Community. (In 2016, the Educational Technology Committee was formed to vet the new LMS and address ed tech issues on campus---many of the Ed Tech User Group were appointed to this committee).

Google Community: Join the Ed Tech User Group online! Follow this pathway: Gmail > Google Apps > Google+ > Home > Google Communities > Ed Tech User Group > Request membership.

Contact: For more information, contact Gentry (x3871), gholbert@shc.edu.

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