February 21, 2005

Chapter 5

Chapter 5 of Real World Instructional Design by Cennamo and Kalk was a great chapter for instructors who are preparing for instructional delivery. Keeping the learnerís needs in mind, a instructor has many ways to deliver material. When thinking of learners needs an instructor should not only think about the different learning styles, knowledge/skill level, etc. but also make sure that the designs used can be used by all learners such as those with physical disabilities.

When looking at the different delivery methods the learners needs should always be considered. Delivery options can be formal or informal, given via distance or face-to-face, or asynchronously. I found asynchronous learning very interesting because it keeps the learners from getting bored or overwhelmed during the lesson, something that can be useful in a classroom with students at different skill level. The authors also discussed different modes of delivery such as classroom, Web, videos and performance support systems. The instructor not only needs to think of the learner when choosing delivery methods but also what kind of access he/she has. Instructors can save some time by using teaching material created by others. Materials that have copyrights or need licensing to use must be taken care of before using them for instruction. Fair use is protection for educators but does not give them all access to material. Basically, be smart about what information is used.

If I where to sum of the key points in this chapter I would say they were:

1.) keep the learnerís need in mind when choosing deliver methods.
2.) choose delivery methods that aid in teaching the material.
3.) more then one deliver method can be used.
4.) check for copyrights or licensing before using other peoples material.

Posted by sthielen at February 21, 2005 8:04 PM