The Importance of Strong Instructional Design
Engaging instructional design is often overlooked and support for teachers in both the K12 and post secondary environment. Consider your target market’s needs, capacity, and purpose. Be specific and include visuals. Instructional design is a process that must take into account learning styles, hardware and accommodations. Reflection and evaluation assist us in evaluating ourselves and can be used as an effective tool to go back and rethink approaches. Visuals and recordings that instructors can utilize after direct training is helpful. Take time to ask questions, develop research, and build relationships with both local and global communities. Bichelymeyer (2005) discussed in “The ADDIE Model” – A Metaphor for the Lack of Clarity in the field of IDT. There is a lack of instructional design focus and instructional leadership within both the K12 and post secondary environment. This course has exposed me to literature, theories, and resources that I can now implement within my community.
The instruction design that I focused on what implementing the New York Time’s Content Repository Project Share for student research purposes. Direct instructions was given to a Language Arts teacher on how to create a lesson plan that implements research materials from the Content Repository. The evaluation method utilized survey monkey along with direct feedback.
The overall experience was very positive. Visual aides do help for reference and the teacher commented on how it is helpful to have a handout to refer to after training. However, I think including more information regarding ideas or instructional examples on training aides to focus more on the learning component instead of the how to use the content repository would be a better approach. An approach that utilizes not only step by step how tos but also instructional examples might help teachers better understand why this resource is beneficial. My training centered on how to use the system.