This week I will take my own adventure and explore the world of Instructional Design on my own. I was debating between the Assure and Iterative design models as they both place an emphasis on the learner and the audience. As a teacher, I always begin with WHO my audience is and HOW I can best reach them.
My gut was telling me to explore the Iterative Design model as I like to do a lot of thinking and “crazy” idea building before I make a lesson; and sometimes I create the lesson on the spot after some idea popped in to my head - a synergy between the teacher and the class. I look at the Iterative model as kind of like Jazz improvisation - Big Bold Ideas that are continually refined as the ideas flow… and any 2 versions of the lesson delivery could be different based on the audience and the environment. I am excited to get started!
We can think of the iterative design process as a continuous cycle of prototyping, testing, and making adjustments and refinements along the way.
My journey through Instructional Design continues. This week I explored a lot of ideas surrounding educational theory and the connections to design theory. For educational goals to be met, assignments should not only be visually appealing, but also educationally sound. I was most interested in the design models. According to Dr. Vallera, Instructional Design models help instructional designers to make sense of abstract learning theory and enable real world application. It helps to provide structure and meaning. I was most drawn to the UbD - Backwards Design as described here educationaltechnology.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/backward-design.pdf
I have liked the idea of Beginning with the End in Mind ever since I read Steven Covey's 7 Habits of High Effective People.
Here is a quick Graphic to help explain this idea...
Lots of great ideas this week.... I mostly explored Project Based Learning and Indirect Instruction. Both of these approaches to education are student focused. The control on the learning falls squarely on the student. Project based learning goes all the way back to John Dewey… the idea of learning by doing. The ideas of PBL are also rooted in Constructivism...
I will end with these 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future...
As always, thanks for reading....
Busy week and Lots to Learn!
I like to think of my classroom and a "workplace" for my students. Dan Pink discussed 6 traits that make a job meaningful and I believe these work for a classroom as well:
Another topic this week was the difference between instructional design and teaching... We can say the ID is THEORY and Teaching is PRACTICE... But, successful learning outcomes need both. This reminds me of a Yogi Berra quote: "In Theory there’s no difference between theory and practice, but I practice, there is!" Teaching is in the trenches work.
We also explored memory. This weeks reading confirmed a lot of what I do as a teacher. I try and design lessons as a constructionist/connectivist hybrid and I believe CHUNKING is a great way to learn. Finally, anything that you do remember (makes it to long term memory) becomes part of a series of associations—you don’t learn anything in isolation. Association is KEY...
As always, Thanks for reading...
Welcome to week one of my Journey through TLT 403 - Instructional Design
Instructional design is easier to understand than it is to explain! "Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs". We need this in education. Teachers should always be thinking of ways to improve the delivery of their lessons - as times change and tools change, the way students learn will change as well.
Robert Andreucci is a Science Teacher at Liberty High School. He currently teaches Biomedical Science . He is also a graduate student at Lehigh University studying Instructional Technology. This page represents his thoughts along his journey in TLT 403, Instructional Design at Lehigh.