Saturday, September 25, 2010

HMID 6303: Current Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology

After studying this course, I am equipped with the rich knowledge and understanding about the use of the current trends and issues in instructional technology. This became possible due to the in-depth readings and side-by-side discourse analyses on those readings with my course mates and facilitators on our course blog. These analyses were based on our course book, The World is Open, which was authored by Professor Curtis J. Bonk’s and was rated as the top ten books of the last decade on instructional technologies. One of the tasks of this course was to synthesize any chapter of this award winning book and present it to the rest of the class for discussion. I chose the chapter ‘Collaborate or Die’ and synthesized it in the form of a power point presentation. Please see this presentation here:

During the profound academic discussions and this particular task I learnt that the web is a huge repository of innumerous tools and technologies which are increasing by the day. Interestingly, these interactive web 2.0 tools are being used very meaningfully and successfully in the learning environments all over the world. I have learnt to analyse and evaluate the feasibility of these tools according to the context in which they may be used. I have also learnt to devise plans for their usability in cases where there is high internet accessibility as well as where there is none. What is more, I planned and designed the application of some of these various tools in a learning situation while keeping in view their viability in that environment. This second competency is reflected in this artifact.

There are boundless opportunities that these latest technologies afford to us and I am eager to deploy as many of them as possible not only at my current workplace but also introduce and propagate the use of web 2.0 tools in the traditional learning set ups in the country so that they realize how they can make the very best of internet and technology tools to promote education as well as improve learning. 

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