Tim Spannaus

Senior Lecturer & Program Coordinator, Wayne State University Instructional Technology program

Deacon, St John’s Episcopal Church, Royal Oak, Michigan.

More complete bio from the WSU IT site.

The tangle of cables at ibstpi meeting in Detroit



International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction

Elected ibspi Fellow in 2006. I was privileged to be a director of this fine group since 1995 and president from 1999 to 2003. We’ve produced validated standards for Instructor, Training Manager, Instructional Designer, and Evaluator.

Association for Advancement of Computing in Education

The EdMedia and E-Learn conferences are among the best conferences in the business.

Detroit ASTD

Active, interesting group of people, good to work with.

Who’s who in IT

ITForum archive



Spannaus, T.W. (2012). Creating Video for Teachers and Trainers. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.

Foxon, M., Richey, R. C., Roberts, R., & Spannaus, T. (2003). Training Manager Competencies: The standards (2 nd Ed.). ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.
The Training manager competencies were revised and globally validated 1999-2001. This publication presents the new Training Manager competencies and performance statements, discusses the evolution of the training manager role, and outlines how practitioners, HRD and academia can use the competencies.

Photo manipulated by Sally Averill,

Ed-Media 2008 (Vienna, July 4) Presentation Online Graduate Programs in Instructional Technology

Detroit ASTD presentation in May, 2003, on What’s Hot & What’s Not

Detroit ASTD Presentation in March, 2005, Linking Research, Theory, and Practice

Spannaus, T.W., Brandenburg, D., Ware, I. & Heideman, J. “Multiple Strategies Yield Multiple Outcomes.” Lugano, June, 2004. (full paper) (EdMedia, June, 2004, presentation slides)


De le Teja, I. & Spannaus, T.W. (2008) “New online learning technologies: New online learner competencies. Really?” in J. Visser & M. Visser-Valfrey. Learners in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialog on new roles and expectations. Dordrecht, NE: Springer

Spannaus, T.W. (2002) “Jim Huggins.” Chapter in Ertmer, P.A. & Quinn, J. The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Spannaus, T.W. & Jones, T.S. (2002) “Iris Daniels.” Chapter in Ertmer, P.A. & Quinn, J. The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.



Washington Monthly. The blog of the magazine of the same name. You need to read this every day.

Maddow Blog. Steve Benen writes an excellent blog. Frequent updates, it’s a daily must-read.

Think Progress. The blog of the Center for American Progress. This news operation is the envy of the right-wing.

MediaMatters for America keeps the right wing honest. Clear, accurate rebuttals of the “news” from Fox and others.

Common Dreams Links to newspapers and opinion columns. Changes by the hour. “Breaking news and views for the progressive community.”



Spannaus family site

In German and English. Photos, guest book and genealogy of the Spannaus family. Supported by Dr. Roland Spannaus in Dresden.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Royal Oak

Our church home since 2001. I serve as deacon at St. John’s. A very thoughtful, spiritual family. The “Breaking Bread Together” program is especially cool, in which four families share a dinner together roughly four times a year. We’ve met some great people this way. One of these groups even went to Paris together.

Lathrup Village Lions Club

Past president, Melvin Jones Fellow. We raise thousands of dollars every year for Lions charities, including Leader Dog, Penrickton Center and Project KidSight.