Professionals in the field of education should be keen to identify emerging theories, concepts, and ideas that can make it possible for more beneficiaries to achieve their maximum potential. I have attended several training sessions and programs that have equipped me with new skills and ideas. The outstanding one was a professional seminar whereby the experts focused on instructional systems design (ISD) as a powerful model for designing content and educational materials that are learner-based or personalized in nature. The educators described how individuals in the field could design procedures and models that are specified for every class.
The trainees were also able to identify the nature of traditional instructions and their applicability. This approach made it possible for them to pinpoint some of the unique benefits of the ISD model as one of the best tools for macro-level use (Píña, 1994). The attendees gained numerous ideas that they could use to guide students planning to pursue different degree courses.
The exercise was effective since it equipped me with additional concepts that will continue to support my philosophy of teaching. Several examples are worth outlining to describe how and why the undertaking was appropriate and recommendable.
First, I learned how I could design the most appropriate instructional model depending on the needs of the targeted students. Second, I acquired new insights for translating the available content into materials, class activities, and practices that are educationally sound (Perla & Carifio, 2005). Consequently, I will embrace such gains whenever focusing on the diverse expectations of students with diverse backgrounds. I am planning to attend more training sessions to expand my knowledge in this field. I will also engage in continuous learning to expand my philosophy and eventually be in a position to empower more potential students.
Perla, R. J., & Carifio, J. (2005). A macro model for developing, validating and evaluating nature of science curricula and instructional materials . Web.
Píña, A. A. (1994). Macro I.S.D.: Using an instructional design paradigm to plan non-traditional degree programs [PDF Document]. Web.