Instructional technology, in my opinion, is an important, even vital, component of teaching in the 21st century. This page reflects my ongoing study in Dr. Harmon's IT 8150 class. As I learn and develop a better understanding of and competency with online instructional design, I'm sure this page will change, so please visit as often as you like... Alice
following responses are a February '07 (updated December '07) snapshot of my interaction with
the Internet and e-Learning environments up to this point in time:
I am an advocate of using the Internet for training, teaching, and learning -- primarily because I have experienced the benefits of using the Internet for my own advancement in training and learning, though I have yet to use it as part of my academic teaching.
All of my experience to date comes as a recipient of Internet-based training and teaching. When I was studying for my Microsoft certification in NT 4, I used online training modules to learn how to solve networking problems.
It's hard to remember when I first began to play
around with HTML - I suppose it was within a year
or two of its appearance. My husband had a business he wanted to
adverstise via the Web, so I found a manual and began work
on our own web page; when Front Page came out, I used its built-in
features to add a photo gallery to our web site. Many cycles of
computer time later, that site (www.postoppers.com) is still active, but it is now maintained
by a commercial firm; it was sold when my husband sold his business. I haven't had much to do with the site for over two years.
I have no experience with instructional design or assessment; it is the aspect of this class that I'm most interested in learning.
Having access to tutorials and models will probably give me most of
the help I need. For the last six months, I have been accumulating
resources, reading books on how to integrate online content, and
explored creating WebQuests and other online material to use in my own
classes. I usually
need expert help for explaining and/or demonstrating more complicated
If the Internet does nothing else, it makes distance learning immediate,
relevant, and easy, and that is a good thing. It also brings educational and training opportunities
to people who might otherwise not be able to obtain them, and used competently, can help businesses
manage training efficiently and economically.