Supporting Teaching in 21st Century Environments: How the Connectivist Model of Instructional Design Serves the Purpose

Thursday, April 20 | 1:15PM–1:45PM
Session Type: Virtual
Choice is a commonly found element in today’s world. It is still often lacking with curriculum design decisions made for today’s college classrooms. Lecture still seems to dominate as the chosen form of interaction. Nonetheless, universities are embarking on learning space design initiatives as part of campus master plans. Successful college learning experiences are not only predicated on reshaping physical structures but also on the implementation of a faculty development program designed to support college instructors to impact 21st-century learning. Based on elements of the Faculty Learning Community model, Ball State University’s Interactive Learning Space Initiative has become the cornerstone for changing the culture of teaching in environments created to actively engage college learners. A connectivist approach to instructional systems design serves as the active principle in this initiative to reshape teaching and learning at the college level.


  • Kathleen Jacobi

    Assistant Director of Faculty Development and Interactive Learning Space Design, Ball State University
  • Gary Pavlechko

    Director of Teaching Technology and Interactive Learning Space Design, Ball State University
  • Trenda Whiteman

    Administrative Coordinator + Interactive Learning Space Design, Office of Educational Excellence, Ball State University

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