Assignment: As we learned about the fundamentals of instructional design, we were given the task of designing a Job Aid illustrating an aspect of APA style conventions. This would potentially be used in a workplace where employees would need to be reminded of certain processes and procedures. The underlying goal was to help us understand how to get information across to students in a meaningful fashion using a visual representation.
Reflection: Creating this job aid was a good way for me to not only internalize the APA requirements of writing an abstract, but also find a good way of presenting the style rules to students in a simple, easy-to-understand fashion. We were free to use any means necessary for the job aid, but I thought that an example showing exactly how an abstract is to be structured, along with indicators pointing out various requirements of the abstract, was the best way to present the information. I think having students take ownership of the learning process by presenting information on their own helps them internalize the concepts they are learning and is a good strategy to use in any classroom. It also aids in assessment and evaluation–rather than using a worksheet or test to see if students have understood the material, students will be producing a product that has real implications for their own learning as well as their classmates. For example, if this job aid is effective, then students should be able to properly structure an abstract. This type of authentic assessment carries much greater weight for students than a simple quiz or test.
Standards Addressed: TL-III. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum. Educational technology leaders model, design, and disseminate plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. TL-IV. Assessment and Evaluation. Educational technology leaders communicate research on the use of technology to implement effective assessment and evaluation strategies.