Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Business Cards

I found this project really difficult, actually. In fact, according to my self- assessment with the rubric, I'm somewhere between a C or a D...no good. I did try, but I found InDesign to be difficult to use and it would take months for me to figure out how to use all of the functions--even the few that were required of me. But I did get it done.
As far as the design process, I used bright primary colors and sort of whimsical fonts because I was doing a sort of funny and entertaining card. I think I sort of already knew this in the back of my mind, but when doing typography research I realized the type of business you're representing/promoting has a great deal to do with the fonts and typography you choose. I also changed the color a few times and had to adjust the size of some things, but it was kind of hard for me so I tried to keep all that to a minimum.
I learned that I have a lot to learn about design and even more to learn about Adobe products. I also learned that it's a heck of a lot easier to just use the design templates!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Assignment 4-5368

The brief history of instructional design was really interesting to me. I enjoyed reading about the evolution of instructional design, particularly how it correlates with major events in history. I had no idea. I think it is truly beneficial in training the workforce and educating students quickly and effectively. With each decade, we have more and more resources available to us to help in this goal.


After reading Thompson's article, I felt that if you do work through the steps it's a way to sort of streamline the learning process and make it quick and effective. Most people want that outcome, so it is worth the effort. I feel also that it probably is a matter of making an effort to consciously working through the steps. Training yourself to do something new can be difficult, but if you make the effort and execute it correctly, it can be really beneficial.


Dick & Carey

I read this and it all seemed very familiar to me. I don't remember remember ever specifically hearing about this particular model of instructional design, but the process seems familiar and overall just very logical. One of the things from this model that I practice the most is step number 4, which says "write performance objectives – specific behavior skills to be learned, the conditions under which they must be performed and the criteria for successful performance." It has been instilled in me that it is absolutely necessary to write specific behavior objectives. I feel as though it is extremely important to know exactly what the outcome will look like, and it must be detailed and specific. If neither you nor the student know what the end should be, how will you know if success has been achieved?


Methodologies, Theories, and Instructional Design

After reading the article about instructional design, I have a better understanding of what it is exactly and what it aims to accomplish. I was thinking while I was reading it about an architect or an engineer designing a building or a bridge. It takes a lot of thought and expertise. You can't just being constructing something like that without following a plan or a blueprint. And a lot of time has to be spent on that to make sure it's safe and efficient. The same goes for instruction. If the goal is to have learners who could not accomplish a task able to accomplish that task, an instructor must design lessons and courses so that can be achieved effectively. Technology is the most useful tool we have to help with that.

The article about methodologies and theories was interesting as well. Those are the types of things I have been learning for a few years now either in college classes, staff development meetings, or just my own research. While I do think almost every method and theory has value, I think it's important to understand that every learning situation and environment is unique. And every single thing isn't going to work in every single classroom. We have to test things, find out what works for us, adapt if necessary, and create an ideal situation for the students that we educate. This site was great because it had so many resources available.