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.