Entries by Dr. Gina Anderson

Using Problem-based learning

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an effective instructional approach first developed for use in health science fields to immerse students in complex situations (Barrows & Tamblyn, 1980). Luma has found it to be a promising approach to teach children (Dysard & Oberlander) as well as adult learners (e.g. Anderson 2015, Anderson & Brush, 2015, Anderson & […]

Building a competency-based program

Academic programs teach students industry-specific skills that they will need to have a successful career. But what if they can do so much more than that? What if they can also show the student what they are good at, and what they need to improve on based on their collective work across the entire program? […]

Taking aim at domestic violence in the workplace.

 We are proud at Luma to have great partners with important missions–domestic violence awareness is at the top of our list.“We see acts of public violence increasing across our country, almost on a regular basis,” said Schumann, who notes 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have or will have experienced physical domestic […]

What skills do I need to be an instructional designer?

At Luma we are often asked: What skills do I need to be an instructional designer? The discussion of defining instructional design is not new in our field.  The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) defines instructional design as, “the systematic process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered.”  There are many […]

Advancing Learning Science

According to The U.S. Mobile App Report, 60% of all digital media time in the U.S. is spent through smartphones and tablets (Lella & Lipsman, 2014). There is an interest to further explore and understand how mobile and digital technologies can be integrated into community programs (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education [CAISE], 2015). […]

A Letter from Anonymous

This month, we have been writing topics related to domestic violence. Interestingly, one survivor of abuse contacted me to express her appreciation about bringing awareness to this important topic, but she wished more was being done at her workplace related to mental abuse. I asked her to write her supervisor a letter that we could […]

Help Your Employees in Day-to-Day Operations With Luma

What does professional development look like at your organization? Is it effective? Is it engaging? Luma is committed to helping organizations design programs that best support employee education. This case study illustrates an exemplary blended program at Notre Dame’s Research Administration. Consider how it might apply to your own organization. Case Study During the 2013-2014 […]

Improving Engagement with Luma

Luma was formed with the desire to help create measurable better learning outcomes. At the beginning of this academic school year, we want you to consider how Luma could help your organization improve education outcomes. Data shows that working with Luma does make a difference! Case Study During the 2015-2016 academic year, Luma worked with […]