I truly enjoyed this class. Dr. Yi made everything easy to understand and was extremely professional and organized. The textbook by Roblyer and Hughes is supposedly the “go-to manual” for Instructional Technology and I can see why. It is packed with great ideas, strategies, and exemplar lessons plans. All of these are critical to an instructional technology professional. Taking this course has served as professional development and certainly has raised the bar regarding my content knowledge as it relates to instructional technology. I have always considered myself a high achiever regarding technology due to my background and work experience, but this course really helped focus on where I can make improvements in my teaching regarding instructional technology.
One of my favorite things about this class is all the resources that I was exposed to both in the reading and by gaining insight into what my peers are using in their systems/classrooms. I got some great ideas that I even used in my own projects, but more importantly, this gave me new knowledge that I can synthesize into my own curriculum. I am blessed that at my job, I can develop my own curriculum based on my students’ needs as long as it incorporates the proper standards. I plan on using much of what I have learned in this class as I move forward in my own classroom.
Some new concepts that I learned about over the course of this class are culturally responsive pedagogy and the LoTi framework. Now that I am more familiar with both, I agree 100% that they are both important aspects of an engaged learner. As a teacher, there is not a much higher goal that you can have than to have an engaged student. By far, learning so much new knowledge was my favorite aspect of the course. I will now always be able to assess my lesson and activities in a new and improved way.
Roblyer, M.D., & Hughes, J. E. (2019). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: Transforming Learning Across Disciplines. Pearson. (Original work published 2010)