Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on project to design a program using technology tools for my instructional design class. We’re in the end stages of the project now, and it’s good to reflect on what’s happened to move this experience into the realm of real-life applications.
Overall, I really liked the structure of the project proposal. Breaking it down into the six different steps was useful, although I didn’t really see the arc at first – it’s possible I missed that in the syllabus, though, since I read so many in a semester! When I finally got that we were going to combine them into the larger project, it did really make sense. I liked that the steps were separate because it made the project less overwhelming, and it also emphasized the importance of each step as a separate thought. Then, we brought them all together and connected them in the larger proposal. While I don’t think I would separate the steps out temporally again, I would definitely use this structure when writing program proposals in the future. It helped me conceptualize each different element of the project for its individual benefits and concerns.
I’m definitely still interested in implementing this program. I don’t know where I’ll be next semester, or whenever I find a full-time job, but I kept that in mind and made sure that I could easily adapt it to be replicated at many institutions. I happened to be talking about it with a coworker and our supervisor today, though, and if I’m at DU in the spring or permanently, I would definitely put it into play.
On the whole, I’m still excited about technology and its classroom use, although sometimes I struggled to see applications in others’ discussion responses. It was easier for me to pull out possibilities from high school teachers, but in the end, the technology that teachers use in their everyday classrooms often just isn’t as applicable to academic librarians who focus mainly on supplementary education. I have two suggestions for the future: one, if there are more cross-listed classes, to create different discussion boards for the librarians and for the teachers. Students could be required to reply to posts from each, but this would help the library student minority find each other each week! Additionally, I wish there was a list of technology tools often used by teachers. It was really hard for me to catch up, not being an education student and not being familiar with classroom technology.