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My Problem

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I think I’ve figured out what my issue in this funk I’m in. I’m a mentor working with people who are used to having a teacher. Most of the campus is still of the school of thought that things can only be taught in a classroom environment. I feel the classroom is not a good use of time. I want to personalize learning and they want a boxed approach. Conflicting ideals working toward the same goal.

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Trying Too Hard??

May 21, 2009 4 comments

I like to think of myself as someone with lots to say, lots of ideas, and lots of work to do. I want to be a blogger. I want to share my thoughts with the world. But very seldom can I come up with a post topic. There is so much going on, I could write about any number of things. Am I afraid my opinion doesn’t matter? Am I afraid that no one is going to read this? Why is it so hard to just write? I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I read so many blogs and everything I have to say has already been said. I hate repeats. I would rehash topics but I don’t think my opinion is so different it warrants its own post. I think I’m trying too hard. I’ve got to figure this blogging thing out.

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Learner/Teacher/Therapist

April 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m such a confused person. I’m never sure which way to go. I have so many ideas and they get all confused in my head. I sat down and thought about it this morning. I came to the conclusion….I should be confused! I have to look at things through the eyes of a learner but think like a teacher and get in their minds like a therapist. I’m schizophrenic!! Okay, okay, I know it isn’t THAT bad. Some days it just seems that way.

I think many of my issues stem from the fact I’m still pretty new to this whole ID thing. I haven’t found my niche. At the same time, I don’t WANT to find my niche. A niche insinuates being stuck doing the same type of things over and over. I don’t like that idea. I want to be open to changes and be able to continually learn. But I’m finding it hard to know what to concentrate on because there are so many directions to go and so many things to learn. One week I’m creating a website to house how-to materials. The next I’m doing a workshop on Office 2007. And the next I’m creating an online course (as both the SME and ID). While I like to think I’m a rather diverse person, and in theory would like to stay that way. In reality, it might be a good thing for my sanity to find a niche. On the other hand, when you are a department of one, how is that even possible?

I guess I’m not feeling so heroic this week.

ID for eLearning

April 9, 2009 Leave a comment

It was pointed out to me by a friendly Twitter-er, another problem is instructional design for eLearning because “basic rules of interactive & multimedia storytelling often [are] not applied.” I didn’t even know there were basic rules of interactive and multimedia storytelling…I’m not sure if that makes me a bad ID or simply one that doesn’t do a lot of eLearning work. Anyway, my first thought, being an ID in higher education, is lack of professor knowledge about interactivity. It is a battle of knowledge. The ID knows or, in my case, has a good idea about how to implement interactivity but the professors are leery of allowing it to be used in their course. Or maybe the rules are not well enough known to be implemented properly. Or maybe the knowledge of how to use the software to create the interactive content is not known. There are so many variables that cause this problem that makes it an even bigger problem.

ELearning is SUCH a new concept for the vast majority of people. New and exciting things are happening everyday. There are so many universities and colleges moving to eLearning in large numbers, there just aren’t enough dedicated, great ID’s to go around. And as much as we would love to think professors and instructors want the best for their students, often they just want enough to get by. And that doesn’t include anything more than spewing their knowledge onto a computer screen in the only way they know how…..Word documents. It is giving eLearning a bad name….but what can we do??? We can’t FORCE instructors to teach in specific ways. We don’t have enough people or money to equip instructors with ID’s to put their content in a better format. Even when you equip an instructor with an ID, as I said earlier, it is still ultimately up to the instructor how they want their information presented. I’ve been involved, still am actually, in introducing instructors to better online teaching practices and it is a constant struggle. Basically, you can lead a horse to water but you can not make it drink.