Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Foundations of Effective Instructional Design

This is my first experience of undertaking an `online' course. I enrolled in it for two reasons. One was to refresh my instructional design knowledge and the other was to experience for myself, an online learning environment.   

  • List the opportunities you have had in this course to gain feedback either from the online instructor or from others doing the course?  
    • Assignment submission and review; Ethics Wiki; Assignment upload; this blog.
  • Have you had an opportunity to structure and organise the information presented in this course? If so what were these activities? 
    • In Defining the field - paraphrasing and re-creating definitions of ID;  Reviewing, editing and creating entries in the list of Ethics; Reviewing and categorising & considering the implications of the Theories of Learning
  • Do you think the cognitive load has been managed correctly: has the learning material been challenging without being overwhelming? Please explain your response. 
    • Yes, the content has been clear and concise. I don't believe that enough attention has been given to prior learning. The introduction of computer skills such as text editing, wiki's and uploading strike me as skills that anyone whom has completed High School, been in an office environment or has been working as a tutor in a college, would have. I am not sure whether the course targets people whom are unlikely to have had much to do with computer and internet technology, such as factory hands or agricultural workers, however I feel that a separate piece of work prior to the ID content could have identified participants skill level and presented a set of exercises for those who needed them, prior to the beginning of the course proper.
  • Give at least one example of a “contextualised activity” (where the activity has been put into a real context,) in this course.   - 
    • Review of Learning theory
  • Does it make a difference to you when your learning has been contextualised to match your work environment?          
    • Yes, however there are times when learning must occur outside the workplace to allow for the development of conceptual and transferrable skills. 
  • Did you feel that the Wiki activity helped you to get a sense of the Situated  ‘community of practice’?  If not then why don't you think it succeeded in this way? 
    • Ideally it would, however in this instance there were not enough participants. I get more sense of `Community of practice' by interacting through LinkedIn Groups and Facebook pages.  Also to develop Community of Practice, one needs to do so over a period of time during which participants can develop an ongoing conversation and learn from each other.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The past 20 months since I last wrote have been a whirlpool of challenge both for myself and for the industry. On a personal level, my family and I have suffered a number of  challenges and the loss of a family member. In RTO Land, we in Victoria have been particularly challenged by a State regulatory system that wishes to remain separate from the national regulators and a State government that thinks that it can single handedly remodel TAFE. It is refreshing therefore, to attend a National conference, 'The Future of Work', presented by our new Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency and Industry Skills Councils.  Highlights from Day one included presentations by Mark Bouris on The economic outlook of Australia, a critical analysis of the economic position of Australia in the world economy, referenced against yesterday's RBA announcement of a further .25 basis point cut to intest rates, Phil Ruthven's analysis of workforce statistics and trends and Lynda Gratton's discourse 'The future of work is already here'.
With these stimulating presentations as background, I'm keen to see what the second day holds.