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Introduction to Instructional Design

Introduction to Instructional Design


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Introduction to Instructional Design Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory

to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs. It includes development of instructional materials and activities; and tryout and evaluation of all instruction and learner activities. An instructional system is an arrangement of resources and procedures to promote learning. Instructional design is the systematic process of developing instructional systems and instructional development is the process of implementing the system or plan. Instructional Design is a field that prescribes specific instructional actions to achieve desired instructional outcomes; the process decides the best methods of instruction for enacting desired changes in knowledge and skills for a specific course content and learner population. Instructional design is usually the initial stage of systematic instruction, for which there are dozens of models, For example, Instructional Systems Design (ISD) includes instructional development, delivery, and evaluation.

Instructional Design as a Process: Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs. It includes development of instructional materials and activities; and tryout and evaluation of all instruction and learner activities. Instructional Design as a Discipline: Instructional Design is that branch of knowledge concerned with research and theory about instructional strategies and the process for developing and implementing those strategies. Instructional Design as a Science: Instructional Design is the science of creating detailed specifications for the development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of situations that facilitate the learning of both large and small units of subject matter at all levels of complexity. Instructional Design as Reality: Instructional Design can start at any point in the design process. Often a glimmer of an idea is developed to give the core of an instruction situation. By the time the entire process is done the designer looks back and she or he checks to see that all parts of the "science" have been taken into account. Then the entire process is written up as if it occurred in a systematic fashion. Glossary: Instructional Design

Case method. The presentation of real or fictional situations or problems to learners to analyze, to discuss, and to recommend actions to be taken. Coaching. A technique of cognitive apprenticeship whereby the instructor observes students as they try to complete tasks and provides hints, help and feedback as needed. Cognitive apprenticeship. An instructional model that seeks to emulate the opportunities for extended practice on authentic tasks that apprentices have while working under a master craftsman.

Cognitive flexibility theory. A theory of learning for advanced knowledge. Advanced knowledge is seen as less rule-based and rigid than introductory knowledge. The theory recommends approaching content from multiple perspectives through multiple analogies and the use of hypertext instruction. Cognitive psychology. "The scientific analysis of human mental processes and memory structures in order to understand human behavior" Education. Instruction which emphasizes far-transfer learning objectives; traditionally knowledgebased instruction which is not tied to a specific job, as opposed to training. Effectiveness. A measure of whether a procedure or action achieves its purpose. Efficiency. A measure of the timeliness and affordability of an action. Environment analysis. The context of any instructional system, both where the instruction will occur and how the instructional materials will be used. Fading. A technique of cognitive apprenticeship whereby the instructor gradually withdraws support and transfers full control of a performance to the learner. Formative evaluation. On-going evaluation of instruction with the purpose of improvement. Functional context training. A model of instruction that works from simple, familiar tasks and proceeds to more complex tasks with ample opportunities for practice. Heuristic. A rule of thumb or guideline (as opposed to an invariant procedure). Heuristics may not always achieve the desired outcome, but are extremely valuable to problem-solving processes. Hypertext. Non-linear text. Image a computer screen with a word in bold. You click on the word and it "zooms in" to greater detail. Hypertext allows you to zoom in and zoom out of subjects and make connections between topics. Hypertext programs are useful for instruction and for information access. Inert knowledge. Knowledge a learner has acquired but fails to activate in appropriate situations. Instructional design. The activity of planning and designing for instruction. Also, a discipline associated with the activity. Layers of necessity model. A model of instructional design and development which prioritizes the needs of a project into layers; "each layer being a self-contained model." Additional layers are developed as time and resources allow. Microworld. A computer-based simulation with opportunities for manipulation of content and practice of skills. Minimalist training. An instructional approach which seeks to provide the minimum amount of instruction needed to help the learner master a skill. It emphasizes active learning and meaningful learning tasks.

Performance analysis. A specific, performance-based needs assessment technique that precedes any design or development activities by analyzing the performance problems of a work organization. Performance support systems. Computer program that aids the user in doing a task. Examples include help systems, job aids, and expert system advisors. Problem solving. The creative application of "various rules, procedures, techniques, or principles to solve complex problems where there is no single correct. . . answer" . Rapid prototyping. In a design process, early development of a small-scale prototype used to test out certain key features of the design. Most useful for large-scale or projects. Scaffolding. A technique of cognitive apprenticeship whereby the instructor performs parts of a task that the learner is not yet able to perform. Simulation. "A simulation is a simulated real life scenario displayed on the computer, which the student has to act upon". Spoon-feeding problem. The dilemma in training between (1) how much to simplify and control the learning situation and (2) how much to provide for exploration and exposure to real-world complexity. Training. Instruction which emphasizes job-specific, near-transfer learning objectives; traditionally skills-based instruction, as opposed to education. Instructional Design Process STEP 1: ANALYZE. 1. Goal - One of the keys to successful instructional design is beginning with a clear picture of your desired end result. In other words, you have to know exactly where you want to go! Begin by reviewing the overall goal of your technology project. Consider the following questions before formulating and writing your goal statement on the planning form: o Why are you doing this project? o How do you hope this project will enhance learning for your students? o What learning challenge(s) is this project expected to conquer? 2. Audience - Another key to successful instructional planning is having at least a general idea of the learning characteristics and needs of the students. Continue your analysis by listing the probable characteristics of students who will be the target audience for your project. Consider the following questions to help guide your thinking as you develop your learner profile: o o o o o What classification of students generally take this course? Are most of them majors or non-majors in the discipline? What have they struggled with most in the past? Why do most of them take the course (general education, major requirement, elective, etc.)? How much background knowledge do they typically have on the subject?

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Generally speaking, what are their attitudes toward the course content? What is the extent of prior experience with the content for most students who take the course?

STEP 2: DESIGN AND DEVELOP 1. General topics - The first step in designing your specific learning outcomes is to define the scope of the project. You began thinking about the scope when you stated the overall goal. Continue by listing the major topics of information and/or knowledge you expect students to study. Before listing the general topics that will define the scope of your project, consider the following questions: o What is the big picture? o What are the major topics studied in this class? o What topics are listed on the syllabus? o What are the general chapter headings in the textbook? 2. "Performance-Based" Learning Outcomes - The terms listed below are essentially synonymous. They refer to course goals that: 1. specify the information and/or skills to be mastered AND 2. specify what students will do to demonstrate mastery. • • • • • • • • learning outcomes performance-based outcomes learning objectives performance-based learning outcomes course objectives performance-based objectives performance outcomes performance-based learning objectives

Once developed, these learning outcomes are included in the course syllabus for two reasons. First, they clarify for students exactly what they will be expected to learn. Second, they tell students exactly what they will have to do to earn grades reflecting various levels of mastery. When developing performance-based learning outcomes, it is important to keep the following distinction in mind: • • activities designed to help students master information and skills ARE DIFFERENT FROM activities designed to allow students to demonstrate the extent to which they have mastered the information and skills

do to earn grades reflecting various levels of mastery. When developing performance-based learning outcomes, it is important to keep the following distinction in mind: • • activities designed to help students master information and skills ARE DIFFERENT FROM activities designed to allow students to demonstrate the extent to which they have mastered the information and skills

Instructional Design Taxonomies

Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy o evaluation - judge value of ideas, appraise, predict, assess, select, rate, choose o synthesis - put together parts, compose, construct, formulate, manage, prepare, design, plan o analysis - dissect parts, detect relationships, diagram, compare, differentiate, criticize, debate o application - use methods, concepts, principles, apply, practice, demonstrate, illustrate, operate o comprehension - understand information, discuss, explain, restate, report, tell, locate, express, recognize o knowledge - recall information, define, repeat, list, name, label, memorize Krathwohl's Affective Taxonomy o characterizing - incorporate ideas completely into practice, recognized by the use of them o organizing - commits to using ideas, incorporates them into activity o valuing - thinks about how to take advantage of ideas, able to explain them well o responding - answers questions about ideas o receiving - listens to ideas VERBS that reflect the various levels of cognitive thinking in BLOOM'S TAXONOMY KNOWLEDGE (literal-level thinking) cite label name define list quote pronounce reproduce identify match recite state tell recall remember repeat recognize describe memorize locate draw write select COMPREHENSION (literal-level thinking) alter discover manage relate summarize explain rephrase restate give convert substitute match represent change depict translate vary describe illustrate reword distinguish interpret paraphrase transform infer review generalize extend examples express predict compare APPLICATION (critical thinking) apply make manage relate classify employ predict show use evidence prepare solve demonstrate manifest present utilize direct practice compute report illustrate change choose interpret draw model modify sketch dramatize paint collect produce ANALYSIS (critical thinking) ascertain diagram outline diagnose reduce contrast survey differentiate associate conclude examine designate determine organize research investigate separate compare point out dissect categorize infer subdivide distinguish construct classify separate analyze divide find discriminate SYNTHESIS (critical thinking) combine devise integrate revise conceive propose generalize originate compose extend construct organize design add to rearrange synthesize create pose project produce expand rewrite develop role play

modify plan imagine EVALUATION (critical thinking) judge conclude appraise decide criticize compare relate solve critique

compile evaluate consider assess

invent select contrast justify

theorize formulate defend deduce debate weigh verify

hypothesize recommend summarize

Objectives of Instructional Design Learning is an active process in which learners construct new ideas or concepts based upon their current/past knowledge. The learner selects and transforms information, constructs hypotheses, and makes decisions, relying on a cognitive structure to do so. Cognitive structure (i.e., schema, mental models) provides meaning and organization to experiences and allows the individual to "go beyond the information given". Thus, 1. Instruction must be concerned with the experiences and contexts that make the student willing and able to learn (readiness). 2. Instruction must be structured so that it can be easily grasped by the student (spiral organization). 3. Instruction should be designed to facilitate extrapolation and or fill in the gaps (going beyond the information given). Foster a learning culture

1. Offer training, within an overall culture that encourages cooperation, risk-taking, and growth. 2. Get learners' buy-in and commitment in achieving training goals. Motivate learners. 3. Demonstrate the value of of the training to the learners and cultivate their sense of confidence in their ability to master the objectives Make training problem-centered. 4. Draw on authentic needs and contexts; make requirements of learning tasks similar to important requirements of job tasks. 5. Encourage learners' active construction of meaning, drawing on their existing knowledge (Resnick, 1983). 6. Teach multiple learning outcomes together (Gagne & Merrill, 1990). 7. Sequence instruction so that learners can immediately benefit from what they learn by applying it to real-world tasks. Help learners assume control of their learning.

8. Provide coaching. 9. Provide scaffolding and support in performing complex tasks. a. Adjust tools (equipment), task, and environment. b. Provide timely access to information and expertise. c. Provide timely access to performance feedback. d. Utilize group problem-solving methods. e. Provide help only when the learner is at an impasse and only enough help for the learner to complete the task. 10. Fade support. 11. Minimize mean time to help (i.e., provide "just-in-time" training). 12. Encourage learners to reflect on their actions. 13. Encourage exploration. 14. Encourage learners to detect and learn from their errors. Provide meaningful "practice." 15. Provide opportunities for learners to apply what they've learned in authentic contexts. If it is not feasible to practice on real tasks, provide cases or simulations. 16. Personalize practice (Ross & Morrison, 1988). Designing for Instructional Events There are nine instructional events and corresponding cognitive processes: 1. Gaining attention (reception) - show a variety of examples related to the issue to be covered ... 2. Iinfoming learners of the objective (expectency) - pose questions, and outline the objectives ... 3. Stimulating recall of prior learning (retrieval) - review summaries, introductions and issues covered ... 4. Presenting the stimulus (selective perception) - adopt a definition and framework for learning/understanding 5. Providing learning guidance (semantic encoding) - show case studies and best practices ... 6. Eliciting performance (responding) - get user-students to create outputs based on issues learnt ... 7. Providing feedback (reinforcement) - check all examples as correct/incorrect 8. Assessing performance (retrieval) - provide scores and remediation 9. Enhancing retention and transfer (generalization) - show examples and statements and ask students to identify issues learnt ...

These events should satisfy or provide the necessary conditions for learning and serve as the basis for designing instruction and selecting appropriate media Examples of technology-based learning activities and interface design Learning Activities 1. guided multiple choice exercises Interface design helpful hints that require the learner to analyze their answer incremental feedback that increases with each step or answer alternative choices that are based on their response responses based on location of object(s) moved

2. stand-alone multiple choice

3. simple fill in the blank responses

4. move screen objects from one place to another

5. "hypertext" references

definitions or new pieces of content displayed responses dependent on clicking correct images responses appear through guided steps of a process based on correct identification of elements in a concept

6. clickable images

7. computer-guided learning sequence

8. simple presentation of examples and non-examples

9. presentation of smaller questions of a larger problem

text-based is based on answers to simple questions

10. problem presented with text, image, and audio narration

based on correct identification of elements in a concept

Key Aspects of an E-Learning System Hari Srinivas Aspect Target Identification Issues • • • • • • Who is the eventual end-user? What level does the end-user operate? What is the scope of activities of the end-user? What networks bring the end-users together? What local institutions/organizations work with the end-user? What do mandate and other guiding documents say of the end-user?

Needs Assessment

Besides the above points, • • • What are the end-users' targets? What are the end-user's objectives and goals? What will be included in a needs-assessment questionnaire (keeping in mind that these assessment change depending on the end-users' targets, on the time scale, and scope/level of operation)? How can existing projects be 'redesigned' to generate info for elearning products? How will the above needs assessment exercise help in identifying the format of the e-learning package? How can different information packages be developed from the same block of data/information of a project? How can the information format be matched with the differing needs of the end-user? How can the subsidiary of the information used in e-learning be maintained – delivering the right info at the right time to the right level and the right end-user? How can the info on e-learning products be delivered to the enduser? What events can be used to disseminate e-learning meta-info, both online and offline? How can effective networking serve the timely delivery of e-learning products? What appropriate information infrastructure needs to be developed for e-learning: online and offline? What components of the e-learning products need to be on-line and what components be offline (eletronic and hardcopy)? Depending on the target end-user, what will be the frequency, format and mode of delivery of the e-learning products? Besides the main e-learning product, what kinds of support systems need to be put in place: ongoing – during the course of e-learning; and follow-up – as a continuous learning exercise? What kinds of value-added resources be delivered to the main elearning product in order to make it more relevant to different endusers - 'individualized' or 'regionalized'? How will queries and comments/suggestions etc. from users be processed? How will it be used to enhance the quality of e-learning products/processes? What will be the components of a M&E system? o Monitoring the end-user's use of the e-learning product itself o Monitoring the end-user's use of knowledge gained o Assessment of the quality/quantity of information/knowledge provided in the e-learning package

Packaging Information

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Delivery Modalities

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Monitoring and Evaluation

Factors affecting Learning Instructional Design is largely affected by how a user learns: Meaningfulness effect Highly meaningful words are easier to learn and remember than less meaningful words. This is true whether meaningful is measured by 1) the number of associations the learner has for the word, 2) by frequency of the word 3) or by familiarity with the sequential order of letters, 4) or the tendency of the work to elicit clear images. An implication is that retention will be improved to the extent the user can make meaning of the material. Serial position effects Serial position effects result from the particular placement of an item within a list. Memory is better for items placed at beginning or end of list rather than in the middle. An exception to these serial positions is the distinctiveness effect - an item that is distinctively different from the others will be remembered better, regardless of serial position. Practice effects Active practice or rehearsal improves retention, and distributed practice is usually more effective than massed practice. The advantage to distributed practice is especially noticeable for lists, fast presentation rates or unfamiliar stimulus material. The advantage to distributed practice apparently occurs because massed practice allows the learner to associate a word with only a single context, but distributed practice allows association with many different contexts. Transfer effects Transfer effects are effects of prior learning on the leaning of new material. Positive transfer occurs when previous learning makes new learning easier. Negative transfer occurs when it makes the new learning more difficult. The more that two tasks have in common, the more likely that transfer effects occur. Interference effects. Interference effects occur when memory or particular material is hurt by previous or subsequent learning. Interference effects occur when trying to remember material that has previously been learned. Interference effects are always negative. Organization effects Organization effects occur when learners chunk or categorize the input. Free recall of lists is better when learners organize the items into categories rather than attempt to memorize the list in serial order. Levels-of-Processing effects The more deeply a word is processed, the better it will be remembered. Semantic encoding of content is likely to lead to better memory. Elaborative encoding, improves memory by making sentences more meaningful. State-Dependent effects State- or Context-dependent effects occur because learning takes place in within a specific context that must be accessible later, at least initially, within the same context. For example, lists are more easily remembered when the test situation more closely resembles the leaning situation, apparently due to contextual cues available to aid in information retrieval. Mnemonic effects Mnemonics - strategies for elaborating on relatively meaningless input by associating the input with more meaningful images or semantic context. Four well-known mnemonic methods are the place method, the link method, the peg method and the keyword method. Abstraction effects Abstraction is the tendency of learners to pay attention to and remember the gist of a passage rather than the specific words of a sentence. In general, to the extent that

learners assume the goal is understanding rather than verbatim memory and the extent that the material can be analyzed into main ideas and supportive detail, learners will tend to concentrate on the main ideas and to retain these in semantic forms that are more abstract and generalized than the verbatim sentences included in the passage. Levels effect This effect occurs when the learner perceives that some parts of the passage are more important than others. Parts that occupy higher levels in the organization of the passage will be learned better than parts occupying low levels. Prior Knowledge effects Prior knowledge effects will occur to the extent that the learner can use existing knowledge to establish a context or construct a schema into which the new information can be assimilated. Inference effects Inference effects occur when learners use schemas or other prior knowledge to make inferences about intended meanings that go beyond what is explicitly stated in the text. Three kinds of inferences are case grammar pre-suppositions, conceptual dependency inferences and logical deductions. Student misconception effects. Prior knowledge can lead to misconceptions. Misconceptions may be difficult to correct due to fact that learner may not be aware that knowledge s a misconception. Misconception occurs when input is filtered through schemas that are oversimplified, distorted or incorrect. Text Organization Effects Text organization refers to the effects that the degree and type of organization built into a passage have on the degree and type of information that learners encode and remember. Structural elements such as advanced organizers, previews, logical sequencing, outline formats, higlighting of main ideas and summaries assist learning in retaining information. These organization effects facilitate chunking, subsumption of material into schemas and related processes that enable encoding as an organized body of meaningful knowledge. In addition, text organization elements cue learners to which aspects of the material are most important. Mathemagenic Effects Mathemagenic effects, coined by Rothkopf (1970) , refer to various things that learners do to prepare and assist their own learning. These effects refer to the active information processing by learners. Mathemagenic activities include answering adjunct questions or taking notes and can enhance learning. Tools to Enable Instructional Strategies If you selected one of the following strategies ... ... then the following technology tools can help enable your strategies:

A. Conversing, Discussing e-mail, listservs, discussion boards, chat B. Mentoring, e-mail; live, synchronous camera(s) for mentor/mentee to discuss; Questioning, Supporting a chat room with white board, digital drop boxes for file sharing and Partner written critiques C. Debating D. Impersonating, Role Playing E. Sharing Data, e-mail, discussion boards, web sites that showcase controversies or experts with opinions and theories; use resources as the basis for discussion, such as www.ideachannel.com asynchronous tools (i.e., e-mail, discussion boards, chat) or synchronous tools (i.e., Symposium, CU-SeeMe, live net-cams) e-mail, listservs, spreadsheets, data analysis software

Analyzing web page editors for students, e-mail and other communication tools, digital drop boxes for file sharing, server space to post projects online, tools that allow for voting on or attaching comments to students' work for the purpose of recognizing best or improving weak artifacts

F. Developing a New Product or Artifact

a significant grant budget may be required to create live expeditions, G. Traveling Virtually, consisting of technology to upload live broadcasts to satellites and Situating Curriculum in the back down to Internet servers with live audio/video streams; alternatively, quests could be videotaped and delivered at a later time Context of Expeditions via standard Internet video streaming H. Seeking, Collecting, Organizing, Synthesizing Online Information (Research) I. Exploring Real World Cases and Problems J. Accessing Tutorials with Exercises, Quizzes, Questions, Online Drilland- Practice web resources, either individual pages related to a course, or entire archives from which students conduct research to identify topics of interest or relevance to assignments web-page editors (e.g., Dreamweaver), photo editors (e.g., Photoshop), perhaps video editors (e.g., Premiere) and knowledge of video streaming for Internet (e.g., Real Producer) for creating virtual exercises, knowledge of multimedia development programs (e.g., Director, Flash) and/or mechanisms for placing them on the Internet (e.g., Shockwave, Java) Assess Instructional Outcomes Assessing competencies developed as a result of learning is critical ... this table shows competencies and ways to measure them Competencies Measures evaluation rubrics, critical thinking scales; rate quality of student arguments, predictions, conclusions products or artifacts synthesized by students (web pages, reports); rate according to desired criteria: originality, organizational scheme, appropriate use of evidence versus conjecture debates, critiques, discussions, case analyses; assess student ability to extract relevant variables underlying a problem, issue, or situation word problems, experiments; assess student ability to apply principles and theories to solve novel problems


analysis application

comprehension short answer questions knowledge characterizing organizing valuing responding multiple choice, true-false, matching practical experiences; interview, observe student beyond class, in real settings projects, cases discussions problems, questions


problems, questions

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