Developing a sound instructional strategy for digital learning

Presentation delivered at “Digital Convergence for Quality Education” hosted by CSI, Hyderabad Dec 19-20, 2003.

Madhuri Dubey

“Learning involves a fundamental shift of mind… It does not mean acquiring more information, but expanding the ability to produce the results we want in life.”
Peter Senge The Fifth Discipline

Learning in the age digital convergence involves
Computers  Internet  Video  Audio  Animation  Text

Convergence = blend
Learning in the age of convergent digital technologies  Significance of blending strategies for effective learning  New challenges for designing learning environments

Characteristics of digital media
Interactive  Hyperlinked  Synchronous  Asynchronous  Collaborative

Instructional Design
systematic process of designing, developing and implementing and evaluating instruction.  begins with the perception of a learning need, it proceeds with the creation of a learning experience and a learning environment  ends with an evaluation of the learning solution.

Design = strategy
Design is that area of human experience, skill and knowledge which is concerned with man’s ability to mould his environment to suit his material and spiritual needs.
Archer, B (1973) “The Need for Design Education.” Royal College of Art

A strategy can be defined as a plan or approach for successful achievement of a goal.

Strategizing involves

Understanding

The learning context

How people learn, why and when they are learning, how will they use learning What is being learnt Who are the learners, how do they prefer to learn

The learning content

The learners

Process for designing digital learning
Analys e

Evaluat e

ID process

Design

Implement

Develo p

Course content development process
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Analysis  Needs analysis, task analysis, context analysis, content analysis Design  Content structuring, instructional strategy, prototyping Develop  Flowcharts, Storyboards & Prototypes  Use of authoring tools, production of learning objects Implement  Deployment on Test environment  Usability Review, Usability tests and course acceptance test  Deployment on live environment Evaluate  Post-implementation evaluation

Developing an instructional strategy
Learner perspective
Computer Domain specific skills Learning styles Attitude and motivation

Environmental perspective
Course content Course duration Exercises, assignments Assessments Support and feedback

mindset Instructional Strategy

results

Instructional strategy – value addition
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Ease of use Empowers the learner Enhances efficiency Engaging and enjoyable experience Enhances knowledge retention and application

Effective learning through digital media
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Clarity of goals of learning Appropriate choice of delivery media Sound instructional strategy Built-in process of testing and feedback Appropriate tools for content development

Questions

Thank you