First: I know my presentation was terrible. I went first and had I known it was going to be more conversational I would have, like, prepared or something. Instead my group and I spent so much time writing the damn thing that we didn’t have much prep time left. Next week I’m going to spend more time working on the part I am actually going to say.
Giving the second project a more specific focus is making the work go much more smoothly. Since there is no content to review and analyze, we can spend our time researching creative ways to deliver the instruction and getting an organizational structure set up. I was very concerned about finding new ways to do group activity in particular: if I only used ideas taken from other classes I’ve been in, I would run out very quickly. So I’ve been doing some searching and there is A LOT of information out there. This article has some great theory and this one, while 200 pages, has some amazing ideas for exercises.
The longer I’m spending with instructional design the more I think it’s INSANE that college faculty only need training to be experts in their topic of study/research/etc. and not to be excellent teachers. My sister-in-law the elementary school teacher had to take classes in ID in order to teach eight year olds. I am so glad that Dr. Carter is doing this adult education certificate program for doctors and I hope that one day it will be open to instructors on both campuses.
Photo of an adult learning class via NYPL on flickr.