Reflect on your first instructional design project. What went well? What did not? What will you do differently the next time?
Overall I think the project went really well. The feedback was good to great, the assessment showed that learners gathered what they were supposed to, and the evaluation survey at the end also indicated that for most learners agreed with the vast majority of the statements.
The lowest score of the survey statements was the confidence about incorporating QR codes into their curriculum next school year. My client and I ventured to guess that this was due maybe to integrating technology and the problems that come with this. To address this in future workshops, we think there should be a section added that addresses the real-world technology issues that a teacher might face – and ways to combat or prevent them – when incorporating lessons with QR codes in a classroom setting. This will help ease the nerves of those teachers who are reluctant to try new technology for fear of everything going wrong. We might also change the wording of the evaluation survey to break that statement into two different statements: “I understand how to incorporate QR codes into my curriculum next year,” and, “I feel confident about incorporating QR codes into my curriculum next year.” This distinction would help the presenter to understand if the lack of confidence is related to the understanding of the material or other, outside issues.
The second lowest survey result concerned understanding how to find and download apps that will let me scan QR codes. While the score (average = 3.56) leans towards “agree,” it is important to note that enough people felt uneasy with this process that it dropped the score significantly below many of the other statements in the survey. This suggests that more time and resources should be given to learners concerning app acquisition. Perhaps we assumed people were more app-store savvy than they were, and the instructor should be cognizant of this before presenting again in the future.
Lastly, my client and I discussed why her knowledge about the subject was ranked as third to last in our Likert Scale evaluation. She believes it was because she gets nervous before presenting at workshops, and that her nervousness might have translated into ineptness by some of the participants. She also admits that she did not look over the material in great detail, especially the links to example lessons, prior to the workshop. She thinks her lack of preparing in this regard might have come across as lack of knowledge to some of her learners, and we both agreed that looking over the material and practicing with it prior to actually presenting the material would be helpful in bridging the gap between what she knows about QR codes with the perception of what she knows is.
Overall, we both agree that the workshop was a success, and with the adjustments mentioned in these previous paragraphs, it will only improve in the future. My client was also really impressed by the submissions for QR code lessons, and has decided to create a district Google Doc that teachers and administrators can reference for ideas and add their own classroom suggestions to. I look forward to seeing how this evolves into an even bigger and better workshop in the future.