Welcome. My name is Jim Hutchinson and I am a career educator, instructional designer and course developer for online, hybrid and face-to-face environments. Online and hybrid instruction in particular involves a new set of skills and a pedagogical shift in order to be engaging and effective. My goal in instruction and course design is to create meaningful and engaging learning environments. Engaged students learn and learning is the purpose of any course.
My work has primarily involved the development of entire courses including the assignments and projects, assessments, syllabi and building course shells in Blackboard, CourseSites, Desire2Learn, Moodle and other Learning Management Systems. In order to develop engaging and effective online courses, my role often involves rethinking the instructional pedagogy, which often includes a shift toward constructivism, project-based and student-centered learning. Because of my student-centered focus, I generally do not create video lectures and related teacher-driven materials – although I can when working with faculty who prefer such an approach.
Over the years, I have developed a variety of courses and course materials in collaboration with faculty and for my own teaching. I often integrate a variety of technology media in courses I develop and teach as ways to engage students and enhance learning. Many of my courses are project-based and students use video and web 2.0 tools (WordPress, Google Sites, Weebly, Wix, Tumblr, Prezi, Flipgrid, etc.) to create and share new ideas.
This site serves two purposes. First, it is an opportunity for me to share information about the various courses I have developed. It is also a platform for me to share ideas about teaching, learning, and technology in both the classroom and online environment.
Thank you for visiting. You can also view my Curriculum Vitae for more information. Additionally, a number of my classes were delivered using Blackboard’s free version CourseSites. You can browse a few of the most recent classes by visiting my CourseSites home page or contact me if you would like to view an archived class.