Blog Week 6: Developing a Research Method vs. Application of Learning Design
How hard is it to develop a research method that both matches your theory and created curriculum? What are the challenges of applying research findings into applied learning experiences? Explain why you used these theory and research methods for this in-class activity. Describe what was simple and what was difficult about creating this team lesson plan based on your and/or your lesson planning partner shared online teaching/learning theory. What are some considerations or modifications might you need to consider for the applied experience.
At the beginning of this in class assignment we were uncertain where to start with the development of the curriculum content. Once we got started we were able to build the skeleton of the course. It would have been beneficial if there was a course development guide for Canvas, which would have been helpful. If there are standardized documentation on how to develop a course or examples of other course designs, then the task of the content development would have smoother.
Both of us on our team had a good understanding of the constructivist learning theory, as we had submitted the draft copy of our learning theory in a previous class. In developing my draft paper of my personal learning theory, I was able to see the “Big Picture” of how the theory fit with my planned research and project. The challenge that I had with the application of my learning theory from my research was how to develop the frame work and structure related to the instructional design of the distributed learning content. The challenge I faced was that I knew what I wanted to research and develop, but I didn’t quite know how to tie the learning theory into the study. Once we reviewed some of the course structures in Canvas we were able to develop a basic lesson plan. If there is a standardized format for developing lesion plans, the complexity of this process can be simplified.
The reason for choosing the constructivist learning theory for my research relates to how I envision I will be applying it to an instructional design study. The constructivist approach consists of several assumptions that include (Creswell, 2014, p. 9):
- Human beings construct meanings as they engage with the world they are interpreting.
- Humans engage with their world and make sense of it based on their historical and social perspectives.
- The basic generation of meaning is always social, arising in and out of interaction with a human community.
The focus of my research study for this class and how I’ll apply my personal learning theory to my projects in industrial training and process applications aligns well with the constructivist theory. Much of the instructional design efforts related to course development of content for teaching technical processes is typically a linear process where there is a predictable process flow of the training content. The student-to-worker process requires the participant’s engagement in the instruction content and through the social interactions with the instructor and other individuals they establish meaning, understanding, and application of the knowledge content to their assigned tasks.
Creswell, J., (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.