“Ask ADDIE” Tells All: Lessons Learned from Writing a Faculty Development Advice Column

Concurrent Session 9
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Brief Abstract

After ten months of collecting and responding to online faculty development challenges from across the US, the writers of the monthly “Ask ADDIE” advice column share what they’ve learned about faculty development, our online education community, and the writing process. Come join the conversation!


A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Executive Director of the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning (http://cdl.ucf.edu) with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF's College of Education & Human Performance. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past twenty years and is active in the online education community. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at http://topcast.online.ucf.edu. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online (http://onlinecoursecriticism.com). Kelvin Thompson holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University. Curriculum vitae is available online at http://bit.ly/kelvin_cv.
Shelly Wyatt is an instructional designer in the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. She earned her PhD in instructional technology from UCF in 2013.

Extended Abstract

As part of the online community of practice for instructional designers/faculty developers offered through the publicly accessible, open-licensed Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit), the creators launched a monthly Dear Abby or Ann Landers-style “advice column.” Real world faculty development design challenge scenarios have been solicited from colleagues throughout the US at variety of institutions offering online programs and preparing faculty to teach in them. Each column features one of these dilemmas along with “ADDIE’s” response featuring collegial advice with an emphasis on applicability to various institution types and a connection back to the open resources from the TOPkit site.


In this session, after ten months of writing this column, the two authors behind the “ADDIE” facade share what they’ve learned about about faculty development, our online education community, and the writing process.


The presentation will be replete with examples and demonstrations, and an active Twitter backchannel will be encouraged through establishment of a session hashtag (in addition to the conference hashtag) and monitored for response by an associate.The presenters will solicit input and feedback from the participants throughout the session (and afterward) via online polling, question-and-answer, and through the backchannel. The “Ask ADDIE” column is available for review at https://topkit.org/forums/forum/ask-addie/.





  1. Introducing “Ask ADDIE”

    1. Excerpt of an “Ask ADDIE” column

    2. Background context: TOPkit site and community

    3. Need: Anonymous venue for curating real world faculty development design challenges

  2. Bringing “Ask ADDIE” to Life

    1. “ADDIE’s” persona

    2. “ADDIE” style guide

    3. Soliciting submissions

    4. Curating/editing

    5. Why anonymous?

  3. Lessons Learned

    1. Themes from the first year of columns

    2. Reacting to the themes: What does this say about our field?

    3. Process improvements

    4. Engagement strategies

    5. Other future plans (e.g., the “Ask ADDIE Book”)

  4. Invitation to Participate

    1. Questions/Suggestions Discussion

    2. Submitting an “Ask ADDIE” scenario

    3. Join the “Ask ADDIE” dialogue