Two Courses Down… What Have I Learned So Far?

As I just finished up my second course in my Masters Degree in Instructional Design and Technology, which I passed with an A (I have to brag a little!), I want to stop and reflect for a moment on what I have learned so far.

I was sitting around a fire pit with friends the other night and a 16-year-old sophomore started talking about under water dragons or dinosaurs. She was fascinated with the subject and started telling us all these different facts. When we inquired where she learned all of this she said that she initially saw it on TV, but she was so intrigued that she Googled it and read more about them. This was an “ah ha” moment for me, connecting what I have learned about how children, and adults really, are learning in such a different world than they ever have before. They have access to all of this information at their finger tips, and when the motivation is right, they can learn about any topic by simply using a search engine. What an amazing tool that could be used within the world of education. We need to take advantage of this new way of learning and not avoid it.

Change is happening! Change is ALWAYS happening. It is the one thing we can always rely on – Change! So, as we develop instruction for any field we must consider the learners and the channels which they typically use to gather information. If we are using out of date, dinosaur aged technology will we ever really be effective in helping these learners to grasp our curriculum? I don’t think so. If they are bored with how we present the information, then it may not matter what the information is. There must be a change in the mindset of instructional design to meet the needs of this new generation of learners! It’s an exciting time to enter this field!

So, change and technology… and the theory behind both, this is what we have gotten through so far. So much more to learn!

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Hello World!

Writing the first post is harder than any other I would imagine. I feel the pressure to make it interesting and entertaining since that is what I promise in my introduction of myself. I sure hope I can deliver. 🙂

I am starting this blog as an assignment for a class I am taking at Walden University where I am pursuing my Masters Degree in Instructional Design and Technology. I have always wanted to start a blog, and this is great motivation to do so! That being said, my posts here will sometimes be school assignments pertaining directly to my field of instructional design and technology. I love the work that I do and hope that I may be able to offer up some experience, knowledge, or just my two cents and that it might be helpful, or at least entertaining, to those who may come across it.

So, welcome to my page. I am glad you have come to share this journey with me! I sure hope its a wild ride!