- Where am I now? (will I start at Sea-Tac? Portland airport? Amtrak station? My garage?)
- Where am I going? (Oh… British Museum! Paris! Bryce Canyon!)
- Who’s going with me? (mom will need her walker… will my new grandson be going with us?)
- How will I get the trip organized? (who will help me? what books should I read? websites?)
- What will I need to do, to help those going with me? ( will there be elevators for my mom? new grandson may limit night-time activities)
- What’s the best way to get there? (airplane, of course… but a train trip might be lovely!)
- What are some alternate routes? (we might want to take a side trip to Ireland on the way to London? What about stopping at Zion on the way to Bryce?)
- What do we do once we get there? (are there mini-tours we can take? let others lead us? head out on our own? can we figure out the London tube system? should I have maps ready?)
- What do the travel experts say? (Lonely Planet? Rick Steves? Friends?)
- What feels right? (I’ve traveled before, I’ll use that experience)
- Can we afford to do what I want us to do? (not only in terms of money, but what about effort, time?)
- Adjust plans… and TRAVEL!
- Of course, we’ll have to adjust things along the way (our flight is delayed? Starbucks at the airport is *not* open at 5 a.m.!? luggage lost?)
Back home. Now what?
- How did it go? (I know where I’d planned to go, what to see, what to experience; did it really work? what really happened?)
- What do others on the trip think? (just because *I* thought it was great, really, was it?)
- Tell others about your experiences on your trip! (presentations? photo books? blog?)
- What will I do the next time I take the same trip? (because of course, going to London just once is never enough!)
- And the next time I go, how will I keep the trip fresh and exciting for me?
SO WHY IS ALL THIS ON AN ELEARNING BLOG?
Have you ever thought about Instructional Design? It’s a nice fancy phrase, but just what does it mean? Think about a course you’d like to teach… and think about that course as if it were a trip you’d like to take.
- Where is that course now? (never taught this course before? old and stale? taught once, but needs work?)
- Where am I going? (outcomes!)
- Who’s going with me? (what are your students like? where are they in their learning? Anyone need accommodation?)
- How will I get the course organized? (what are the latest theories about learning? any new research relevant to my topic? what will work for me AND my students?)
- What will I need to do, to help those with me? (do videos need captioning? do images need “alt” tags? larger font for handouts?)
- What’s the best way to get there? (online? F2F?)
- What are some alternate routes? (hybrid? flex?)
- What do I do once we get there? (does the publisher provide resources? should I pre-make videos? should I have handouts in PDF format?)
- What do the teaching & learning experts say? (do a little research, librarians can help!)
- What feels right? (if you’ve taught before, use that experience)
- Can you afford to do what you want to do? (when does the course begin? will you have enough time, resources, and help?)
- Adjust plans… and TEACH!
- Of course, we’ll have to adjust things along the way (campus floods? flu? office computer dies!)
End of the quarter. Now what?
- How did it go? (did you and your students accomplish what you’d planned? were students successful? assess outcomes)
- What do others in the course think? (ask your students those hard questions, and listen to their answers)
- Tell others about the experiences in your new course! (presentations! blog posts! faculty learning communities)
- What will you do the next time you teach this course? (because of course, teaching Excel just once is never enough!)
- And the next time you teach the course, how will you keep the course fresh and exciting for you, the teacher?