The Future of Instructional Design

I think that elearning is the future of instructional design. I understand that it is already happening, but instructional design will go even deeper on online education. We live in a small rural area and my daughter is a sophomore in the local High School. She told me that next year students will be obligated to take one online class.  I don’t know the reason why but I think it is a very good idea. Many students get into college without any experience with online classes, and if they have to take one, they don’t know what to do.

My whole college career has been on an online setting, and I see more and more online programs at UNT and other colleges too. My son is attending an online middle school, and when he started 3 years ago, they didn’t offer high school online classes. Now they do.

As a staff at UNT, we are offered a great deal of online training classes, so we can take them from our office, instead of going around campus. It is also getting harder and harder to find a space for a class at UNT Denton.

Instructional Designers need to be trained on designing online instructions. On a competitive market, the most diverse online instructor will be the one to get the job. I am glad this class is giving us the opportunity of designing an elearning class.


Project B

Think about what you think your project will look like when it is done. What do you think will be challenging? What tools will you use to communicate? Why?

I would like to design a lesson to teach basic computer skills to senior citizens. My husband just lost his job because of lack of computer skills.  Because of the economy situation of the country, lots of senior citizens are going back to the work force, and some of them, if not the majority, don’t have basic computer skills.
I was thinking about a section on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and another section on Internet browsing.

I am sure it will be less challenging than the Project B, which I am still finishing. Lack of time is always a problem that I will have to overcome.

It would be offered online maybe thru a wikispace? I am still looking at my options. I think that being online, it could be accessed in libraries, or senior citizen center, if a home computer is not available.


Reflection on my first instructional design project.

Reflect on your first instructional design project. What went well? What did not? What will you do differently the next time?

This was my first experience designing an instructional project. I have done some PowerPoint lessons, but it was the fist time that I followed a design plan. I learned a lot with the project, but I know that I still have a lot more to learn. It has been a good experience, because it is not finished yet. The lesson was supposed to be posted online, but since my department is moving slowly from Dreamweaver to Drupal, I don’t know when I will be able to post it. To be able to finish the project, I will contact some students and ask them to go over the lesson and take the tests, so my supervisor and I can evaluate if it was successful or not.
I won’t be able to say what went well until I get the response from the learners. One thing went well: I know today more about instructional design than I knew before I started the project.
What would I do differently? I would give myself more time to work on it. Designing instruction is not an easy task, and it takes time to go thru all the steps.
I would like to say thanks to my partner Justin, who reviewed my project and helped me to correct some mistakes.
By the end of the week I will be able to write an evaluation of my project.

Reflecting on the Method of Loci

Reflect on the Method of Loci in your blog. What worked? What didn’t? How could you use such a cognitive activity, mental or visible to users, to improve the acquisition of knowledge in your designs?

The first time I heard about the Method of Loci was last Fall on a Cognitive Psychology class. I thought it was very interesting. I had 10 words to memorize, but I only got 5. After using the Method of Loci and my living room, I was able to remember all 10 words. I used it the other day to memorize a grocery list and it worked. It is amazing what our brain can do, if we just put it to work.

I tried to do follow the four steps on our homework, but it didn’t work. I could not make any sense out of the learning community using my office….

I would incorporate the method of Loci in my instructional design to help learners memorize the key steps of designing instruction.

Post a blog reflecting on the feedback you have received from your client. What changes will you make before implementation? Why? What did you ignore in the client’s feedback? Why?

Last week was crazy busy. My son attends an online school and he had exams on almost all his classes, and I had to spend more time coaching him. My coworkers are dropping like fly. My manager was off sick on Monday and Tuesday, and my supervisor is still home since last Thursday. I think I am getting something too, but I am taking my vitamins and trying to be strong. We couldn’t get together to talk about the instruction design, but she told me that the release of our new website was postponed, and she doesn’t know when we will be able to post the lesson. She also told me “You know technology more than me so I am sure that you are doing a good job”. She didn’t give any feedback, but since she doesn’t know a lot about working with the vehicles, and even less about instructional design, I would probably ignore some of her feedback.
I still don’t know who my peer who will review my work is, and whose work I will review, but I am sure Dr Warren will clarify things in tonight’s meeting.
Design the lesson has been a good experience and I am learning something new each week, but I wish we didn’t have weekly assignments, so we could spend more time reading.

What do you think about instructional design so far?

I have been learning about instructional design since I was an undergraduate student. On each class I learn something new and review important concepts already learned.

Instructional design is complex, but very interesting. It is very important in our daily life. We are constantly learning something, by accident or on purpose, and someone had to design and implement a lesson for us to learn.

Working with the Biology Professors at the Applied Sciences department, I can experience how much work they put on the class they will teach even before the semester starts. They  plan the lesson, analyze goals and assessments and by the first exam, they will evaluate if the planned lesson is working or not, and maybe adjustments need to be made.

Design a lesson means care about those who are going to learn from the lesson.

I am enjoying learning about instructional design because I like to teach, and I would be very satisfied if I could design lessons for a living. I know that I am not going to finish this class knowing everything that I need to know about instructional design, but I am trying to learn the basics. Some of the readings have been very long and hard to understand. I have to reread a paragraph several times to grasp the concept. Because of that I am running thru the assignments and not putting a lot of efforts on them. But I am confident that I know more now than I knew before I started the class. Reading my classmates blogs have been very helpful to me and hopefully I will do a good job on my first project.