Instructional Design

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Instructional design is hugely important to my future work goals.  As a teacher and instructional specialist, it’s my job to be really effective at instructional design.  I’m interested in discovering how a variety of new technologies can be incorporated into effective instructional design as tools for teachers and students alike, both for productivity tasks and active learning activities.  Understanding the foundations of instructional design allows innovators a good base to work from when working in new technologies.  I’m hoping to be part of that innovative sphere, so the more I can learn about instructional design now, the better able I will be to successfully meld the old with the new.

(Me and the my sister’s fancy new original iPhone, circa July 2007)

I took this quiz which determines your overall life philosophy, and the results didn’t surprise me much — I fit most with Existentialism (followed closely by Utilitarianism).  Basically this suggests that I believe I am in control of my destiny and that I determine the purpose of my life — and I’d totally agree with it.  Jean-Paul Sartre was given as a model existential philosopher, quoted as saying, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”  And one of my favorite quotes — “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do” — falls in line with this philosophy.  My philosophy could very well affect my perceptions and theories concerning instructional design — I’m very much an “own up and take care of business” type gal — but I will need to be aware of this as not all people have the same life philosophy, and if I design instruction without this cognizance, it might rely on assumptions that are not valid, and thus be unsuccessful.

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