As I look back on my reflections about the first few classes, I was very nervous about the technology. I had not taken an interactive e-learning class in a number of years, and never one on D2L. I have been developing and delivering instructor led training for years, and taught at a university for six years. I’ve also written numerous online courses as a consultant, following the sponsors’ protocols, and often find myself in highly behavioral circumstances and environments. Right now, I simply want to know more and be better at this. Luckily my graduate efforts led me into Adult Education and a highly Constructivist stance about facilitated learning. I studied program development with Ron Cervero and looked at it from a power and politics stance. I came to believe that education can be truly transformative, and am passionate about adult education.
As a practitioner, I’ve found that it is easy to get bogged down in the day to day, and not continue to foster creativity and enhance one’s own learning. LT8000 is my first course in this program, and I found it to be energizing and enlightening. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in this journey.
What I’ve learned about Instructional Design this semester is that it is a very dynamic field, still evolving and establishing and defining itself. I read something the other day about Instructional Design being a process, a discipline, a science, and a reality. It seems one’s personal perspective may form one’s opinion of what it is. I would like to add to that the concept of Instructional Design also being an art. The art of Instructional Design would be associated with developers’ activities using insight, imagination, innovation and creativity in practice. It would be the manner in which the science is carried out, the style and grace with which the developer and facilitator engage learners and the environment, placing their mark on the process. I would venture to say that if each of 10 graduates of this program were to develop a course on the same topic using the same information and protocols, every course would be different – each would be a testament to the art of that developer. Is that constructivist thought or what?