The Technology Challenge

After discussing with the Director of Project Holodeck, Nathan Burba (@NathanBurba), his goal of completing one new programming tutorial a day, I decided to create a similar learning goal. With the Technology Challenge.

I believe this is a good challenge for me because I have only finished my MBA Degree for under a month and I am already getting antsy about what to do with my free time. Don’t get me wrong, I am gainfully and happily employed. But I love learning! And I feel a piece of me missing when I don’t have a new challenge or project. With that said, by posting this Technology Challenge on my blog, I am making myself accountable for pursuing the stated goals—I don’t want to let you down!

I also realized that my resume may be good, but my portfolio could better showcase my Instructional Design skills and adeptness of exploring new Educational Technologies. Enter the Technology Challenge!

What? The Technology Challenge

1) Research a new (or not so new) technology tool

2) Learn that new technology tool

3) Create an instructional deliverable with that new technology, applying adult learning theory, ADDIE, and Instructional Design Principles


1) Learn

2) Innovate

3) Build a Portfolio

4) Demonstrate my EdTech and Instructional Design Skills


1) Biweekly

2) Create a deliverable

3) Blog a post on each piece that summarizes the tool, demonstrate an application of the tool, and results in a portfolio piece

The tools (in no particular order, and will be added to)?

1) Flash

2) Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

3) Pixton

4) WordPress / Blog / Edublogs

5) PollEverywhere or TurningPoint

6) Prezi

7) PowerPoint

8) Evernote

9) SnagIt

10) Wordle

11) ScribD

12) Piazza

13) Quora

14) OpenStudy

15) GoogleDrive

16) Big Blue Button

17) Vialogues

18) Xtranormal

19) Wiki

20) Articulate

21) Learning Management Systems (Sakai, Moodle, TWEN, BlackBoard)

22) Captivate

23) Camtasia

24) Web Conferencing Systems (Wimba, BlackBoard Collaborate, ATT Connect, Panopto)

Feel free to leave suggestions for tools I should challenge here as a comment or Tweet @julietausend!


About Julie Tausend Burba

Instructional Designer at Hulu, Ed Tech and Project Management enthusiast. MBA Technology Management, MS Management, BS Communications, Traveler and Cook.

Posted on June 23, 2013, in Educational Technology, ePortfolio Pieces, Instructional Design, Portfolio, Tausend Talks Shop, Teaching Tools and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hmm, how about best cloud based Project Management tools & best cloud based Contact Management tools? Not sure if they completely fall under the umbrella of instructional design, but they may tie in with many of the other software programs mentioned. Not an easy question frankly, and there probably isn’t a clear winner – rather, several winner based on needs and usage patterns.

    Valuable questions to answer though.

    • Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll definitely be expanding this list and cloud based services will be beneficial not only for my experience as an Instructional Designer, but as a Manager!

      -Julie Tausend of Tausend Talks edTech

  2. This is so cool! I can’t wait to read about it. I’ve never thought about setting a schedule like that, but it’s a really great idea.

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