Debbie Morrison, M.A. Education and Human Development, emphasis Educational Technology Leadership, George Washington University. B.A. Organizational Management, The Master’s College. Diploma: Business Administration, Ryerson University.

Independent Instructional Designer

Open and online learning is the theme of the blog. It’s also about learning, change and how to teach online in an open, connected and networked environment.

I’m passionate about education and lifelong learning yet see traditional education as failing students of all ages. I see open and online learning as a vehicle—part of a solution that can improve access, quality and lower costs. A changed system will give K-12, college students and lifelong learners access to educational opportunities that will lead to dynamic, skilled and thoughtful individuals. My goal is to contribute to a solution that will make education relevant, accessible and more effective.

Debbie Morrison is an instructional designer and educator with twelve years experience in creating meaningful, rich learning outcomes in higher education and business settings. Debbie’s work focuses on online instructional design specific to higher education. Her most recent work experience in an education institution was as the Lead Curriculum Developer, Online Programs at a four-year university. She currently works as an independent instructional designer, and collaborates with a variety of organizations to develop effective online programs. Debbie also writes and blogs extensively about different aspects of education.

She holds a Master’s Degree from George Washington University in education and human development with an emphasis on educational technology leadership, and a bachelor’s degree with a focus in organizational management. Debbie also studied at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada where she graduated with a Business Administration Diploma in 1985.

On the Web
Email: debbiemorrison505 [at] gmail.com
LinkedIn: Profile
Twitter: @OnlineLearningI
Slideshare: Presentations
Personal website: debbiemorrison.net
Other blogs: School and Sports, and The Runners Muse
Goodreads: Book Reviews

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  2. Hello Debbie,
    I am online education enthusiast and a big fan of coursera. I wonder if you ever stumbled upon iversity.org and futurelearn.com – European MOOC providers. I took several courses from both that appeared skillfully-desgined and balanced in regards to content.
    Do you think they can grow and pose a competition to leading US platforms? I wonder what is actual user base of this platforms and where do they plan to expand, Is European market ready for new MOOCs?


  3. Debbie,

    Tried to write you at your email (morrison6@sbcglobal.net) but it keeps coming back. Wondering whether you would be willing to discuss your experience with Langevin Learning. I’m thinking of investing in their passport program, less as a formal educator and more as someone with a strong professional interest in service design. Anyway, if you were willing to chat or just email that would be appreciated. There’s surprisingly little to be found about the company online other than on their own website.

    Jonathan Field

    • Hi Jonathan,
      Thanks for contacting me via the comment section. I have recently changed my email address which is likely the issue. I can provide some feedback about Langevin, which I will do by sending you an email at the address you used for the comment.


      • Great to hear. Look forward to your feedback. Again, it’s a fairly big investment for me but if I felt the training were good, I would pursue it.
        Look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Hello Debbie –

    I stumbled upon your blog when I was searching out information on MOOCs. I recently designed a MOOC formatted course for the training of online faculty and offered it to a pilot group of our instructors. I found the process of writing a MOOC difficult and will need to rewrite the course to include authentic materials and video content. Its a work in progress and we’ll try again in February.

    I referenced your posting “The Making of a MOOC” in my lessons learned report. Thank you for the information – it helped to read that many hours are put in to MOOC development.

    Would you have an interest in reviewing the course I wrote?

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    • HI Ilan, Thanks for your interest. I just added two options for searching for blog posts – you can search by ‘category’ from the drop down menu found on the right hand side of the blog main page, or from ‘archives’ which, when clicked list all posts by a given month. Hope that helps and thanks for the suggestion. Debbie

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  7. Hi Debbie! My name is Wallace and I am only beginning my journey into the field of instructional design. I am a civilian instructor for the military and I would like to comment/ agree with you in regards to “on-line” schooling. Often when we think of military training, we envision tanks, guns, planes, and ships firing away but it is quite the opposite. Our Armed Forces are offered many opportunities to advance their military education and many of those schools have an on-line requirement that has be accomplished prior to the beginning of classroom training. For a long time, I was dead set against it saying that training had to be face to face in order for it to be effective. I have seen the error of my ways…to a point.

    We must never forget that on-line learning is only as effective as the presentation. I have been required to attend on-line training and it was simply death by PowerPoint. The on-line classroom is the future with overcrowded classrooms, disgruntled teachers, and simply put, the technologically advanced student. On-line learning only makes sense so we must stay ahead of the wave to produce academically sound and effective on-line training. We, as the architects, must learn to be facilitators as well as instructors. Learning is best when it happens naturally.

    Keep up the good work. I’ll be following you.

    • Hi Wallace! Thank you for your sharing your insights about online learning! Welcome to the world of training, instructional design, and online learning! Your observations about online learning are astute, and I admire your willingness to be receptive and open to ‘new’ methods. You are already ahead of the game by identifying that the only way to produce quality and effective online training and learning is to create ‘instructionally’ sound programs, and I’ll go one step further – to use an instructional design model to create a sound learning strategy.

      That is interesting that you are training with military, as the military has been a leader in instructional design for face-to-face training – it is the military that developed the now famous model of instructional design, ADDIE, Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation. Face to face training that doesn’t follow this model can be ineffective, yet can be ‘saved’ by a charismatic and/or experience facilitator – yet this is much more difficult in online learning – the design is absolutely essential!

      Here’s a very good website you might find helpful needsassessment.org it is created by one of my professors, who I consider to be an expert in needs assessment and instructional design.

      Thank you for your comment, and I hope can bring something of value to you in your training endeavors!

      Debbie :)

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