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The Future of Instructional Design – New Questions for an ID to Answer

24 May

Recently I read a blog post by Tony Bates on an instructional design workshop (Just ID) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It’s a fascinating read on how Instructional Designers in BC view the challenges facing their profession and its future directions.
Check out the post here:
Tony Bates Blog Post
For me, the most interesting point that Tony Bates made in the post regarded what he called the “elephant in the room” – namely the “the design of campus-based learning experiences when much can be done online.” I would argue that this elephant is also applicable to corporate training/adult education. As more learning technologies (e-learning, screencasting, mlearning, virtual classroom etc … ) become part of the training culture, Instructional Designers will have to develop the tools/models to make decisions about the most appropriate mode or modes of training.
At the moment, these types of decisions are seemingly made with just the budget in mind. But what happens when we begin to think about putting the interests of learners first?


16 Feb

Recently I’ve been working on a project that is based on the creation of training videos.  These training videos would be viewed by staff before applying their training on-the-job.

In creating these videos, I began to think about how they would be consumed, e.g. how learners would learn. Essentially each video (11 videos in total) explained a separate function of an application. Learners could view all the videos together, or view whatever video they felt that they needed to review.  Thus, these videos functioned as perfect self-learning and I was pleased with achieving this initial needs analysis objective.

However, doubts still lingered. These videos required learners to take time out of their day to view them. Yet, the videos themselves were still short in duration. What if learners could view the content in these videos where and when they wanted, e.g just-in-time, on-demand training?  That sounded like mLearning.

So, is mLearning possible at FHA? The answer is complicated. The workforce is generally mobile, moving from site to site, patient to patient etc … However, mobility doesn’t necessarily mean suitability to mLearning. Do learners have the tools for mLearning? Some do, some don’t. And here is one of key challenges, mLearning may be desirable but is it possible?