Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
â€œThe Internet is perhaps the most transformative technology in history, reshaping business, media, entertainment, and society in astonishing ways. But for all its power, it is just now being tapped to transform educationâ€¦ There is no going back. The traditional classroom has been transformedâ€.
Report of the Web-based Education Commission to the President and the Congress of the United States, December, 2000
Lesson design presents that difficult melding of technology, curriculum, and learner needs and styles (along with countless other things). It involves the demanding delicacy of making everything work together for the learning of the student.
There are a million theories about how to make it all happen. I’m not going to give you a template. Indeed, many of you have been doing this for years (decades?). But I hope the readings help build on what you are already doing as instructors and will help you adapt your knowledge to the design of online learning.
Several years ago, I came across the 4MAT model developed by Bernice McCarthy. While I know next to nothing about the company that promotes it, I really like the model. Why? It is a very creative way to build active learning while paying attention to learning styles and brain dominance. It also serves as a nice template for creating learning activities which build upon each other. Download the pdf files listed in the Readings & Resources section of the site and take a look at them. Then go to the lesson bank and pull up an example.
Note: these are not online examples, but they are very creative. What can we draw from them for online learners?
The Web: Design for active learning. This is very highly recommended. It provides a nice overview of developing a constructivist approach to web-based instruction. This site also has multiple links as supporting examples.