Analysis & Design

How are analysis and design related for you? Think about it in the context of the articles and chapters we have read thus far. How closely should these two pieces of the model connect? How does the Information R/Evolution affect each of these?

Analysis is really the foundation of Instructional Design.  Without analysis, Instructional Design would be meaningless, and certainly ineffective.  In every model of Instructional Design that I’ve read about (in this class and in previous classes), analysis is always the first step.  Instructional Design without analyzing the problem and figuring out your goal is not design… it’s shooting in the dark.  So in that regard, analysis is imperative to Instructional Design.  Analysis could potentially stand on its own, but ID is nothing with analysis.

The video about the Information R/Evolution is a creative way to showcase how the entire discourse and definition of information has changed as the way we store, access, and share information has evolved, and that it will continue to do so (especially if we can think beyond our previous assumptions about information and the best way to store/access/share it).  With that in mind, this Information R/Evolution affects analysis in that our means of collecting data and information are rapidly changing and expanding, which can be both good and bad.  It’s good in that we are never lacking the information we seek – but it can be bad in that we now have information overload and must get better at sorting and distinguishing between good source and bad source.  Instructional Design is affected by this revolution in part because it relies on analysis, but also because ID serves as the vehicle for sharing information.  So as our means of storing/accessing/sharing information makes a huge paradigm shift, our vehicle for delivering that data in a meaningful way must shift as well, lest it be rendered obsolete.  If ID does not change with the times, it does a disservice to the learner.  As the video says towards the end, we must be ready to, “harness, create, critique, organize, and understand” information in new ways if we wish to remain relevant.

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