This week’s assignment for EdTech 503 stretched me in all directions, literally. While I am vaguely familiar with concept maps, this pushed my understanding to a new level. I created a concept map synthesizing four different instructional design models. Reading in depth about multiple models was challenging; trying to represent some of them on paper in visual form was nearly impossible. I used Google Docs drawing tools and ultimately did the best I could to represent extremely detailed and complicated information. I chose to highlight these four models:
- Heinich, Molenda, Russell, Smaldino – a great model for practical, everyday use by teachers in a classroom setting
- Seels and Glasgow – a project-based model designed for developers that helps in the adoption and distribution of products
- Nieveen – a project-based model designed for curriculum development and schools, offering support both to the teacher and learner
- Smith & Ragan – a systems model in simplest terms for a highly trained team designing an entire course or curriculum
Part of the assignment was to link each node, or concept, to a part of the ADDIE process (analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation). Due to such limited space, and in order to not clutter my original, I chose to create a separate map highlighting these links. Click on either image to open them directly to Google Docs.
In short, what I gained, from this assignment is that there are numerous models that an instructional designer may choose from, and he/she must choose the best one to fit the task at hand. It is very easy to become overwhelmed by the complexity of the model itself and lose sight of the overall picture: to create an effective learning experience for the learner. Instructional design is far more complicated and time consuming that I ever imagined, and I look forward to learning more in this course to help break it down into manageable chunks that can yield results.