Dr. Valora Richardson
February 23, 2020
One thing I learned is that the Instructional Design is more so about the process in creating a plan to create solutions for the issues identified, rather than an end product. Before this class, I only thought Instructional Design mainly focused on the end product. I now have more of an understanding of the detailed development and constant revisiting of investigating, planning, trials, research, and more.
An aspect of this class that I am learning so much from is the class discussions. I appreciate how we can interact with others and work together to analyze and share our perspectives. Collaboration plays such a key role in Instructional Design, so I enjoy the fact that the class has the opportunity to practice this competency. My favorite activity was analyzing different scenarios and determining if there was a need for different types of training. Knowing what type of training is essential to get to a solution that targets the problem. I also learned when reading Conducting an Effective Needs Assessment that asking the right questions can help determine if training is necessary and really have appositive affect on the outcome.
A piece of text that was really fascinating was to me was reading The Proper Way to Become an Instructional Technologist.I appreciated reading about the author’s journey into this career and it took different experiences to get to that point. I am someone who also feels conflicted at times because of the different career paths that I would like to pursue. Instructional Technologist can work in many different workspaces and fields, as I’ve been reading in the case studies assigned as well. In the text, I learned how much listening and communicating well with others helps build for strong collaboration. Learning other people’s characteristics and studying the design process makes for a great Instructional Technologist as they are seeing the bigger picture in how best to execute a plan and utilize others. Although these are just important methods to practice, at the end of the text the author explained how there really isn’t a proper way to become an Instructional Technologist
There are a variety of duties of an Instructional Designer, which can simply mean being multifaceted and a multitasker. As an educator, I understand the balancing of many different roles. I look forward to learning more about the incorporation of technology and consideration of different perspectives when creating solutions.