Growing in the world of Instructional Design

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Instructional Design is an exciting new journey I am embarking on to broaden my thoughts and enrich my mind to ultimately allow me to develop training that will ensure educational growth to all who enter the manufacturing arena under my direction.

For those who are connected to the Instruction Design field, I have reviewed  3 different blog sites that are sure to offer insight into the world of Instructional Design.

One of the blogger’s name is carolecoulson889, she blogs somewhat from the perspective of a student learning new ways to look at the world through the lens of an instruction designer and her link is as follows: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/106535906

Another blogger whom I have found to post very interesting blogs is Antonella, she started blogging after she began working on her Masters Degree in Learning, Education and Technology.  She is now an Instructional Designer (ID), but continues to offer a wealth of information for those who are interested in becoming the best ID they can become.  Check out Antonella’s blog at https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/40448223/posts/1604.

Finally, the last blogger I would like to introduce to you is a lady by the name of Nicole who has a blog site titled “Flirting W/ Elearning”.  She really digs her heels into Instructional Design as a means to help people like many of us who are new to this discipline.  She is currently a manager for the Articulate Organization and for those of you who know about articulate that company is an Instructional Designer’s DREAM! 🙂

In addition, Nicole’s blogs are designed to shape your knowledge so that you become a tremendous asset to any Learning & Development Organization you decide to work with.  You can connect to her blog at https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/26173618/posts/1598

I hope the blog sites that I have listed for you to view will prove a tremendous help to your career.


Samuel K. Hunter, Jr.


Assignment: Reflection  


What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?

I really found striking how many of the different learning theories although they have great detailed information that is truly beneficial the reality is they cannot be totally effective in a silo, because they literally build from each other depending on what type of people you are working with in any given situation.

How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?

This course has deepened my understanding of my personal learning process because it allowed me to gain more detail into how my actual learning process is set up. My understanding will allow me to ensure that I don’t accidentally push my learning style off on others who may demand another style.

What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?

From a basic perspective, the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, motivation has served as a road map to successfully get me to my Instructional Design destination in a more exciting way. These building blocks enable the ID to have the tools needed to weave through educational process to ensure that we meet the learning need as best as possible.

How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?

My learning in this course will help me further in the field of Instructional Design because allowed me to have a foundation that is built on learning theories, learning styles, educational technology and what it takes to motivate people to want to learning. Let me say this as I conclude, one of the most valuable pieces I have learning that is cut and dry is the motivation portion as it relates to what it takes to motivate people. This is a very simple yet detailed process that will enable me to be a more effective Instructional Designer because it will ensure that my lesson designs catch the attention of the learners.

Fitting the Pieces Together: Week 7

  1. Now that you have a deeper understanding of the different learning theories and learning styles, how has your view on how you learn changed?

My view on how I learn has not changed significantly as the process in which I learn remains constant. However, I will say that my understanding of the differently learning theories has improved significantly throughout this process.

  1. What have you learned about the various learning theories and learning styles over the past weeks that can further explain your own personal learning preferences?

Cognitivism remains one of the closest theories that capture that way in which I learn as it take hands on training to help get me to a place of understanding.

In addition, to help capitalize my preferred style of learning I would also add the Adult Learning Theory as having this understanding of the process of how adults learn is critical to way in which I learn myself.

  1. What role does technology play in your learning (i.e., as a way to search for information, to record information, to create, etc.)?

The way in which I learn actually hinges on Technology as I use the Internet to research information in development of training, understanding how to fix unknown problems and to communicate to others on multiple levels. It goes without saying that technology such as computers, smartphones and ipads etc. all work to create an environment of learning that full of new ways to get information. Without that use of these tools it would hinder our ability to learn new and exciting information at our fingertips, which would ultimately keep us from getting involved with any online learning such as attending Walden University.

This learning experience has been awesome as I have learned more in these last few weeks in these Walden Courses as I have learned in the 12 years as a Training Coordinator.




My Weekend of Learning

This week I had the pleasure of reading an article in the Walden Library titled Learning and performance journeys in which you can find at http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/docview/751002331?accountid=14872. This article provides a link to an often discussed topic in the world of Instruction Design in the form of training and assessment.   This deals with ensuring that every training assignment is meaningful throughout the year.

In addition, another journal I reviewed this weekend is called: Learning styles and adaptive flexibility: Testing experiential learning theory which can be found by clicking on the link to the right http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/docview/209893280?accountid=14872.  This link allows Instruction Designer’s to take a critical look at how Learning Styles Inventory impacts training understanding.