How would an instructional designer approach the Thanksgiving meal? Just like this. Now that’s some analysis – design – development – implementation – evaluation I can support! In fact, I think I hear the siren song of pumpkin pie evaluation calling my name . . . .
If you’re looking for some interesting dinner conversation topics, let me point you to Open Culture’s listing of free online courses. There’s still time to brush up on early American history, your reading of Marx, and organic chemistry (I threw that last one in there just to save us all from a total mealtime family fight; you’re welcome). If music is more your thing, here’s a link to download (for free!) Bach’s complete organ works. For your post-meal stupor, you can also check out this amazing library of mathematics clips from movies. Let it never be said that I don’t come bearing gifts!
Thanksgiving also marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Considering a new camera or other gadget? Here’s a quick rundown on cameras and camera types – perhaps you’ll soon be using your own pictures to illustrate points in your lectures and slides, thereby avoiding cheesy stock images and impersonal clip art. Considering something from the kindle family? Both ProfHacker and the New York Times’ David Pogue have written about the latest releases – reviews worth reading, indeed.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!