Instructional Design (ID) in a Nutshell
By Andrew L. McGuffee
When posed with the task of comparing and contrasting different forms of instructional design and media I had to first establish their intended objective. The conclusion I came to was that all of these different forms of instruction are intended to engage and inform the learner above all. If you don’t stray too far from that path then your design will have a solid foundation no matter the form it takes.
Giving a Facelift to Tradition Learning Content
That said, I’ve learned that the use of different forms of media when tactically placed inside of learning material can make all the difference. When scrolling through countless pages of text on research that the learner may or may not be interested in it’s important to maintain attention. This can be achieved quite effectively by adding audio-visual elements and hyperlinks in between paragraphs. I also found that having an easy-to-navigate menu in your “live” or “online content is crucial for a quality delivery. It’s really based on how the ID (instructional designer) thinks they can best impart knowledge.
There are several traditionalists out there that would probably prefer to have instructional delivery stick to a strictly text-based format. However, I believe that in this day and age we have to adapt with the times. Most students these days have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or some form of social media account. These social media platforms stimulate their audiences with both textual and visual content and are boasting great success in doing so. I am of the mind that the academic industries across the globe are starting to all come to the same conclusion, “we need to start capitalizing on this!”
Now I’m not saying that we need to start teaching Physics 101 on Facebook but I do think the academic community could take a few notes from social media. When I started developing instruction with both images and text I realized that even I was more interested in the content I had created. It doesn’t necessarily have to change the way you instruct someone but I think in some cases it will enhance the delivery process. Generally speaking, we are still in the infant stages of the “tech-age” so claiming massive benefits and limitations is a bit premature in my eyes. If I had to guess though I would wager that this new hybrid delivery of multimedia-based instruction will help far more than it could ever hurt.
[TEDx Talks]. (Jan 10, 2013).Reimagining Learning: Richard Culatta at TEDxBeaconStreet [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uAuonMXrg&list=PLRf-8s1vnepcXuJ8Z3vMGKGSoAV9fWidC
Published on Jan 30, 2015 [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOUdmzaZrc8