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Category Archives: 1.4 Learner Characteristics

“Learner characteristics are those facets of the learner’s experiential background that impact the effectiveness of a learning process” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 32). Learner characteristics impact specific components of instruction during the selection and implementation of instructional strategies. For example, motivation research influences the selection and implementation of instructional strategies based upon identified learner characteristics. Learner characteristics interact with instructional strategies, the learning situation, and the nature of the content.

Instructional Design Project

One class that I took this semester is EDTECH 503: Instructional Design.  The final project was to create a instructional design project.  I chose to create tutorials for two different e-readers, the Nook and the Kindle.  I first thought that this was like creating a lesson plan and teaching the materials.  I have realized over the last few months that though instructional design is similar to creating lesson plans, it has much more detail and research going into it.

I have learned so much from doing this.  It stretched me beyond what I thought I could do and showed me that I can work outside the box.  The hardest part was giving the guide to the instructor and having the instructor present the material.  This is the biggest difference between writing a lesson plan and writing an instructor’s guide.  As I watched the instructor present the material I kept thinking of ways that I would have done it differently; yet, in the end the tutorials were wonderful and it turned out fine even without me being the one to present the tutorials.

I am grateful for the final product and am so pleased with how everything turned out, even if at times I was pulling out my hair and just wanting to cry.

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