Instructional Design Concept Map of ID Models

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.

Instructional Design Slideshow Overview

Instructional Design Slideshow

This assignment is actually a reading quiz on several chapters and articles. I am posting it here because I feel this is a good example of how a teacher can assess in a creative way that enables students to stretch in ways much broader than a standard assessment might do. I created a Google Docs presentation that included 21 slides with specific topics on each one. It was called a “post card” quiz because one slide would be a photo, and the next slide (like flipping over the post card) would include the content from our readings. To take it even a step further and to test my deeper understanding, the photo had to be a metaphor of the topic, not a 1:1 correlation. So, for example, when talking about systematic models, I showed a picture of a haphazardly wired telephone pole here in Nepal that demonstrated lack of order or planning.

I like Google Docs, even though the applications are rather basic. It provides students with an open-source option that can be accessed or edited from anywhere, while still providing sufficient practice with a software-specific platform. Since I like more design options than what is offered, I imported slides I created in Keynote for more visual appeal. The result is a product that took a long time but truly tested my reading knowledge in a much more interesting – and lasting – way than a standard written assessment would have.

Introduction to Google Docs

For EdTech 502 this week, I designed a collaborative activity based on the jigsaw classroom approach by Elliot Aronson. I incorporated a table into my page, which was a little frustrating to learn, even using CSS table layout. I opted to stay simple until my skills improve. On the up side, I am getting more confident in repeated tasks each week for basic website design. The things I thought would never get easier…are getting easier.

Let’s hope this trend continues.