the journey continues…

Today, I began the next chapter in my interning experience in online learning.  I had the opportunity to help design the first module of the next ID certificate course.  I explored a couple of interesting websites that I would call “mega-resources” – compilations of links on a topic.  Both were focused on Theories of Learning .  I will link to them here for ease of reference: Theories of Learning and Learning Theories.  I was pleased to see so many familiar names on these lists; it reaffirmed my sense of being a knowledgeable professional in education with real potential to offer in the area of instructional design.  Having the opportunity to design right in the LMS was quite enjoyable, even though my working knowledge of ANGEL is limited at this point.  While I have read alot on it, reviewed resources, and attended workshops/webinars, I haven’t had much experience building in ANGEL.  I’ve got the gist of the basics, but today I wanted to do something I little more complex with the discussion.  The goal was to have students work in teams and collaborate on a group document utilizing constructivist  approaches and a community of learners framework as they also learn about theories of learning that are often driving the collaborative approaches utilized in online learning.  While I could set up a discussion forum and prepare directions and instructional prompts easily, I wasn’t sure how to set up groups within a discussion and how to provide the virtual space to support this sort of group work efficiently due to lack of working knowledge in the LMS.  The instructor I was working with will do that and perhaps I can learn about it through him.  Nevertheless, I was able to contribute to the development of the next installation of the ID certificate program, and that feels good.  I really enjoyed the work today as it is exactly the kind of thing I like to do – design and develop instructional products and spaces – to teach, facilitate, and create.  I am a detail oriented person and organizing content and learning activities to meet specific objectives is a very enjoyable endeavor for me.  Every time I have had the opportunity to create instructional materials – whether a course, a mini-course, a module, a learning unit, or other instructional materials – I have found it invigorating, not like work at all!  This was a fun day…