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