Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
There is a new web site launched in April, teacherspayteachers.com — that hopes to do for teachers what eBay has done for the masses. It is a repository for teachers to sell their lesson plans to other interested educators.
I have very mixed feelings about this type of service being launched. What is going to happen to the collegial sharing of resources and ideas between academic peers? There are very useful repositories on the net that encourage and assist with the free exchange of learning units/objects between educators — Access Excellence Activities exchange, BBC/Open University Learning Materials, CAREO, Cyberschoolbus, MERLOT, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, and PBS Teacher Source to name but a few.
How can an individual effectively teach with another instructorâ€™s lesson plan? Is there a possibility of moving away from customizing our learning events for the target student population and towards canned curriculum? Am I overreacting? What are your thoughts?