Strategies for the delivery of instructional design coursework: Helping learners develop a professional attitude toward the production process
Abbie Howard Brown, Indiana University, United States
Indiana University . Awarded
This study is an analysis of the goals and teaching strategies currently employed to teach introductory multimedia production to students of instructional design. The goal of this study was to begin the process of articulating the phenomenon of teaching multimedia production; to establish a constructed reality of the situation that will allow instructors in a variety of settings to communicate effectively and conduct research that is meaningful and generalizable. Along with participant observation on the part of the author, course instructors were interviewed, as were students identified as diverse in their approach to learning. An active interview protocol was employed to determine the learning objectives and student perception of the objectives. Having determined that the primary objective of instruction in this type of setting is to make an affective change (to change the students' attitude toward the production process), an active interview protocol was employed to determine whether or not a representative sample of students in a multimedia production course did change their attitude toward the process. A significant component of the study was the development of a general taxonomy of typical students within the setting of a multimedia production class that caters specifically to aspiring instructional design' professionals. The resulting taxonomy was used to identify various learner types for interview and observation purposes. The study concludes that students did change their attitude toward the production process and that the change tended toward the attitude held by the course instructors. Hypotheses about strategies that facilitate or impede an appropriate attitude change were developed based on interview data and participant observation. Recommendations for further research, making use of the data gathered from this study are made.
Brown, A.H. Strategies for the delivery of instructional design coursework: Helping learners develop a professional attitude toward the production process. Ph.D. thesis, Indiana University.
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