Currently we are discussing "what is instructional design?". Instructional design is diverse in methods and students. Instruction design is effective and cost effective. Instruction design is teaching a very specific learner. Instructional design is working with people.
We are also discussing how instructional design is defined. Instructional design is a very loose term. A lot of time a person is called a instructional designer because they know the technology, like blackboard. But we are the instructional designers. We are the ones creating the material, technical people just place your content on forms like blackboard. They are not giving you advice on how to make the content more effectively delivered to your students. What is meant about the last sentence the content is the subject....I do not mean chose a video over a powerpoint slide.
As instructional design instructor it is our job to know as much as we can about our students. Our instructor worked with another student in class a few semesters ago to google all the students before the class the course begins. The question that then comes up is how do you design a course then without knowing the students? Many times you need to create a class without knowing the kinds of students that will be registering or taking your course.
How do you know the criteria to create a course? How do you know instruction design can help students learn the best. If we think of the process like making a mean, you need to make a recipe of things you know will be needed to make a meal. By knowing the parts that are needed to teach students something specific, then you can then start to look into the students that will be needing that specific information.
As part of the class we are required to read "Designing Effective Instruction," sixth edition by Morrison, Ross, Kalman and Kemp. The part of I found to be the most interesting was this idea of a design model. The model, asks four questions. "1) For whom is the program developed. 2) What do you want the learners to learn. 3) How is the subject content or skills best learned. 4) How do you determine the extent to which the learning is achieved." (Pg 14)
Overall the communication in class has been extremely interesting. I can't wait to write more about it!