Welcome to the IDDGA!  We are excited about the upcoming year and look forward to meeting new students and renewing our acquaintance with

IDDGA Fall Social

posted Aug 17, 2015, 8:00 PM by Angelia Bendolph

SAVE THE DATE!!! Fall IDDGA Social!!!

All IDD students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to the Fall IDDGA Social on Thursday, September 24th at 5:15 p.m.  Location: TBD

Be sure to RSVP to Angelia Bendolph at

We look forward to seeing you there.


posted Apr 18, 2014, 10:25 AM by Brandon Moss


Don't miss this great opportunity to eat pizza, listen to great music, hang out with colleagues, discuss your favorite instructional designer, AND say goodbye to the genius behind Dan's Speedy Pizza, Dr. Dan Surry!

The pizza's FREE, the music is FREE.  The drinks are.....well, you gotta buy your own drinks!

(Picklefish Restaurant is on Old Shell Rd., across from the Mitchell Center)

Comps Readiness Strategies Meeting Feb. 25

posted Feb 5, 2014, 7:54 PM by Brandon Moss   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 7:54 PM ]

It’s that time of the semester again…. time for Comps!


The Instructional Design and Development Graduate Association (IDDGA) would like to invite it’s members to the Comps Readiness Strategies Meeting on February 25, 4:30-5:30pm, at Camille’s Café located at 5817 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608. Camille’s are located at the shopping center located right across from the intersection of Jaguar Drive and Old Shell

​ Road​


This is a members only event. However, non-members can attend by joining the IDDGA. Dues are only $5 dollars per semester. Applications will be on hand at the event. Refreshments will be provided.

​This event is normally well attended and provides helpful information from fellow grad students who have already taken their Comps.​


All the best on Comps!


Guest Speaker: Dean Hayes

posted Jan 16, 2014, 10:32 PM by Brandon Moss   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 10:37 PM ]

Dr. Hayes, Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Hayes, Dean of the College of Education, will be speaking to the IDDGA on Thursday, January 23rd at 4:30-5:30pm in the Professional Studies conference room in the College of Education. Dr. Hayes is a former public school teacher, counselor, and university professor. A Harvard College graduate, he received his master's and doctorate from Boston University. He has authored more than 90 publications in four different languages and has made more than 100 presentations. Additionally, he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and is a Fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work and the American Psychological Association.

All instructional design students are welcomed to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Dean Hayes is prepared to speak on the following three topics:

- The future of technology use in the workplace
- How to get an article published
- How to obtain a position as a professor

However, the topic of conversation will be of your choosing. Please let us know which of the three you want to hear about the most by clicking on the following link (It will take less than a minute.):Dean Hayes Questionnaire 

ILC Workshops available to IDD Students

posted Jan 6, 2014, 1:56 PM by Brandon Moss   [ updated Jan 6, 2014, 2:01 PM ]

Dear IDD Students, 

On behalf of your IDD Graduate Association, I would like let both the Masters and PhD students know that you are welcome to attend the workshops that are presented by the Innovation in Learning Center (ILC). The ILC is heavily involved in many of the initiatives regarding instructional technology at South Alabama. Many of these involve online instruction and learning, but they can touch on other aspects of instruction and learning as well. Workshops deal with a variety of issues from the integration of i>clickers into the classroom to Sakai 101 training to Quality Matters Program certifications for online course instructors. 

All you need to do is check for space availability and then register for a event of your choosing. For a list of events and to register, please visit the ILC website at:

Additional specific information can be found throughout the ILC website at:

We are very appreciative of this wonderful opportunity provided to us by the Innovation in Learning Center. 

Fall IDDGA Social

posted Sep 3, 2013, 2:27 PM by Brandon Moss   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 2:28 PM ]

SAVE THE DATE!!! Fall IDDGA Social!!!

All IDD students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to the Fall IDDGA Social on Saturday, September 21st at 6 p.m. at the home of Dr. Davidson-Shivers. Please bring your spouse or significant other.

Be sure to RSVP to Sandra Rogers at . After you RSVP, directions to Dr. Davidson-Shivers’ home will be sent to you.

The event is BYOB and bring a dish to share!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome back!

posted Sep 3, 2013, 2:08 PM by Brandon Moss   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 2:08 PM ]

Greetings from the IDDGA!

Hello IDD Students,

Welcome back to classes! It is that time of year again; time to renew your IDDGA membership. Membership dues are $15 per year. Please make checks payable to IDDGA.

Also, if you will be participating in a conference this semester and are a member of IDDGA you can have some of your qualified expenses reimbursed. See the attached letter. Please submit the required paperwork to Willette Brye:
by August 30, 2013.

Join the IDDGA Book Club

posted Feb 8, 2012, 12:25 PM by Mary Hibberts

After careful consideration, we decided on the book pictured to the left.  It is relevant to the field of Instructional Design and would be helpful to us as future instructional designers and could also even be more immediately useful to help you prepare for exams, classes, and projects.
Please email Sylvia Rogers ( if you have any questions.
The book can be purchased inexpensively. Amazon and Abe Books are good places to find books online.
 The Design of Everyday Things (2002 ed.) by Donald A. Norman
 Link to Amazon:
A little of the publisher's description:
Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which switch turns on which light or stove burner, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault lies in product designs that ignore the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. A bestseller in the United States, this classic work on the cognitive aspects of design contains examples of both good and bad design and simple rules that designers can use to improve the usability of objects as diverse as cars, computers, doors, and telephones.--From publisher description
Our first Book club meeting will be on March 5th at 4:30.  At this meeting we will discuss the first two chapters.  We encourage you to be a part of this great opportunity to learn more about design and collaborate with your fellow IDDGA members.

Comprehensive Exam Study Group

posted Feb 8, 2012, 12:18 PM by Mary Hibberts

The IDDGA is sponsoring a Comps Study Group session on Monday February 20th at 4:30 p.m. in the Professional Studies Conference Room (UCOM 3906). 
This will be an informal session to help you prepare for all
types of comps.  Students who have passed comps will lead the session offering strategies and tips.  Attendees are encouraged to bring any preparation materials they may want to share with the group.  All IDD graduate students
are welcome to attend.

Another successful Brown Bag Lunch!!

posted Feb 8, 2012, 12:11 PM by Mary Hibberts   [ updated Feb 8, 2012, 12:12 PM ]

Pictured from left to right:  Mary McCall, Ron Morgan, and Willette Byre. 
Mary McCall
"Verbal Self Guidance in Theory and Practice"
Ron Morgan
"Developing a Conceptual Framework for Motivation of Professional Educators According to Content and Process Theories"
Willette Brye
"Evaluation of an Educational Enrichment Program"

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