As I venture into this new field of Instructional Design, it has become more apparent how important it is to utilize the various technologies available to be successful in this field. Since there is no consistency or standardization on how things are done, it is important to gather insights from others in the field by means of text and online resources such as Blogs.
In a blog post by Tom Kuhlmann entitled 3 simple Techniques to Guide Your Learner’s Attention, this post identifies ways in which instructional designers can gear their lessons towards the desired learning objectives and outcomes. Tom uses an analogy of the game of “I Spy” to show the relationship of how vague or how precise instructions can be in the teaching and the learning process. That is the way in which you structure and present content will have an impact on how people gain understanding. The three techniques identified in this article includes:
- Showing the big picture and let them see everything in context.
- Point out those parts of the screen that are important.
- Only show the information as you get to it.
I believe that these pointers are very useful when presenting information to learners. http://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/3-simple-techniques-to-guide-your-learners-attention/
In the second blog post by Christy Tucker is more of a self-awareness piece as an Instructional designer. The Instructional designer wears many hats and possesses many skills. Many Instructional designers fail to explain what they do for a living. However, with the “T-Shaped” skills by Cammy Bean. As Instructional Designers, we need broad skills (the horizontal part of the “T”) which allow you to communicate and collaborate with experts across a wide range of discipline making you versatile. Additionally, the vertical part of the “T” plunges deep making you a specialist. https://christytucker.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/broad-and-deep-instructional-design-skills/
Finally, Why an Understanding of Social Learning Matters In Instructional Design, backs up the behaviorist theory of learning. Learners gain and models behaviors vicariously through social and other environmental interactions. When designing instructional materials, Instructional Designers must keep in mind the behavior they want their learners to emulate. https://tleerwerk.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/instructional-designers-an-understanding-of-social-learning-matters-elearning-industry/
Overall, all these blog posts are found to be very useful further on in the field of Instructional Design, when considering how to present the content and the effect you want it to have on the learners. As Instructional designers, the use of technologies and various media channels to share insights and ideas is very important since the field is so broad, ever-changing and unstandardized.
Adrian A Weir