This week Mariah, Bridget, and I hosted class. Mariah was the lead and had some great ideas to start with. I believe with all of us working together we made a great plan. I loved her idea of interviewing Lee for this topic. It was so helpful to hear from someone with practical experience.
Dan focused his post around the effects of a solidly designed course and he would need help in designing one. I am in total agreement. I love playing around with technology and trying new things but would need help to make a course that would meet the objectives I set out. There is so much knowledge when brains are combined instead of working in solidarity. He states that most of us get to where we are today in isolation, and I agree. I feel this even more so in a small village where my colleagues all teach different subjects and grades. It is hard to collaborate with others in our district due to the distance between sites. Also my schedule is so full I don't know how there would be a common time to collaborate. I wish working together was easier but from reading I know it is hard for anyone.
Josie talked about how some argue that instructional design is not necessary. This was not something that I had come across but it makes some sense. I don't agree with it but I can see where they are coming from. Although it is possible to learn on your own, it is not easy. I know from experience how challenging it is because I start so many things that I don't finish. You also have to be highly motivated in having a desire to learn something new. I'm really glad Josie brought this up. It relates to my post in knowing why you are doing something. You can know how to do something, but you really need a reason to learn it. I am in total agreement with Josie that instructional design is very relevant.