What do you understand about instructional design from what you have read so far? What model will you present for class? Why? What interests you about it?
 
Before this course, I hadn’t thought much about different instructional design models. I knew about them, but hadn’t really thought about what they mean and how they are different. I’ve realized that many people (including most faculty) are the same way. Typically, they have a model (or process) that has worked for them and they always use it. This make perfect sense; why break something that isn’t broken? Ahh…the problem. It is broken, it just hasn’t been realized.
 
Learning a different instructional design model can assist in breaking that cycle. When I started in faculty development about a decade ago, I learned ADDIE. It was and is the industry standard. I’ve used it so much I now think in that model when it comes to organizing courses, content…etc. I have no reason to change, do I?
 
Essentially, yes I do. Like any good process, sometimes you need to relight creativity and potentially engage students in an entirely different way. Even if I don’t feel I’m in a rut, I need to at least try other designs to make sure I’m engaging my students in the right way.
 
For class, I’ve chosen to present Gagne’s Theory of Instruction. When I finalized that selection, I didn’t really think too much about it, but as I’ve been reading more about it, I’m really glad that is what I ended up with. It is a well-established theory that has been traditionally used as a basic instructional design model. I think it is a perfect candidate to be used as an advanced model (which is the goal of this particular assignment) because, despite being systematic, it is very flexible.
 
What I love about this model is that it uses the same ideas as ADDIE (they all do really) but breaks the ideas up differently. In addition to being new, I’m excited about the new avenues of creativity coming through this exercise.