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Instructional Design

Fall 2008| Dr. Shahron van Rooij| 3 credits

Course Description

Helps students analyze, apply, and evaluate principles of instructional design to develop education and training materials spanning a wide range of knowledge domains and instructional technologies. Focuses on variety of instructional design models, with emphasis on recent contributions from cognitive science and related fields.

Reflections & Insights

This was one of the first courses I completed in my program. As a new member of the Instructional Design ID community I really had no idea what it takes to create a learning experience. I must refer back to my days as a stage manager when I realized that each and every event that occurs in the process of learning is strategic, deliberate, and purposeful. To design a learning experience requires analysis of the problem, identification of the learner population, and understanding of the learners' characteristics. However this is only the tip of the iceberg, once a designer has collected the initial data necessary for determining the appropriate intervention, we must carefully consider how the training is to be delivered, will it be face-to-face? Online? A blended environment? What sorts of tools and technologies support the objectives of the experience? After executing each stage of the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate) model, I have a much greater appreciation for the effort and creativity required to design effective learning interventions. Further, this experience has enabled me to develop my own methods for collecting information, disseminating it, designing a solution, and presenting it to a potential client. The artifacts to the right are the results of that process. The design document outlines the specific processes me and my teammates executed in order to address a real-world situation. As a part of the project, we developed a prototype of two artifacts that would have been delivered to a client supporting the last module of the course.

Professional/Technical Competencies

  • ADDIE Model
  • Course design and development
  • Public speaking

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