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analysis September 30, 2009

Filed under: 5210 class,Instructional Design — Echang @ 7:05 pm
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I know that front-end analysis is very important to design instruction. However, it is very difficult to practically talk with clients on their needs of instruction. Sometimes the clients even don’t know the problems or methods to improve, so it is ambiguous for clients understand what designer is talking about. It is similar process to produce a TV program, so I think designer should suggest the clear and essential solution for a certain problem. Designer need to pick up one clear problem, then narrow the discussion topic step by step. If designer wish to solve the all problems, the task will be much confusing and unsatisfying. Without any visible or applicable product, the client cannot judge what problem they have. In addition, they are so busy to spend enough time to talk with designers. To catch the main problem and basic information, designers need to have validate, practical, reliable tools like assessment. When I met my client, she didn’t know what a problem is in her boundary and what potential solution integrated technologies and school curriculum is. When I suggest certain tips, then she said her actually problem, condition, and her attitude for the problem. However, she was so busy, and we didn’t have enough time to talk. Then I tried to observe students, teachers, and classroom and gather information on time schedule or class organization. If I concern about three parts, I think I can find right direction. (1)an acceptable design to teachers- I need to know teachers’ problem (2) suitable design for available equipment- I need to know the classroom affordance (3) design meets a real instructional need- I need a content expert. So I need to interview with teachers, check classroom affordance with administer, and find someone to supervise my instructional design.


What to do next:

1. interview with teachers

2. check classrom affordance

3. find content expert to supervise

4. read textbook to figure out tools


One Response to “analysis”

  1. It sounds like you have run into a problem with your design. The teacher – your client – not having enough time to talk with you to give you the information you need to accomplish the analysis. I think in real-life this will often be the case. You get handed some lofty ideas and then you are to start designing the instruction. Very hard to accomplish, indeed.

    In one real-case scenario I am capturing Machinima for a faculty member and editing into movies to be posted onto the Web. For a starter the scope was simple: capture the video, post to the web. Then as the project moved along there were new requests, each of them perfectly sensible and doable, but resulting in an abundance of extra work. Title roll, credit roll, music, audio only, low resolution version, high resolution version etc.etc.

    To avoid ending up having more work on your hands than you signed up for, I think it is very important to have the analysis, the scope of the work, firmly in writing, so that you can point to it as ‘extras’ get added on. In the corporate world, extra always comes with an extra cost. As a volunteer designer you are giving up your free time. Make sure to leave some breathing room for yourself in there as well.


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