Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Assignment 2
Critical Thinking Questions: Week 3
Read Chapters 7, 8, and 9 from Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology. You will then complete two Critical Thinking Questions from each chapter. Your answers must include at least two references in addition to the course text. Each question should be addressed with a minimum of 50 words.
Chapter 7 – Designing for Problem Solving
Describe a Policy Problem that you might assign a learner, using an actual issue that’s being debated in today’s political news. How would you solve the problem? Teachers are problem solvers, daily solving a variety of problems. Identify the kinds of problems classroom teachers must solve as part of their everyday teaching activities. In light of this knowledge, identify two or three types of problems (described earlier in the chapter) that should be incorporated into a teacher-training program. Which case components should be incorporated with each type of problem? What kinds of cognitive scaffolds are needed? Why does the author state that problem solving is the most natural, complex, and meaningful kind of learning/thinking activity? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
Chapter 8 – Instructional Theory and Technology for a Postindustrial World
The author states that the main problem with our education and training systems is not the teachers or the students, but rather the system. How does the post-industrial system that he lays out a vision for in this chapter address challenges we do have with teachers, students, parents, policy makers, etc? How does it fall short? What other characteristics of the learning process and learning environment do can you envision for a postindustrial paradigm of instruction? What are some of the barriers to making this type of instruction a reality? What are some ways that technology can make post-industrial instruction easier on teachers? Include examples not given in the chapter. In what ways might it make it more difficult?
Chapter 9 – Motivation, Volition, and Performance
Describe your motivations for taking this course and indicate which ones are the most compelling. What are some techniques you use to maintain motivation? Compare and contrast motivation with volition. What are some ways that they can interact to support or diminish one another? Applying volition strategies effectively can also be related to “good work habits”. What are some strategies that one might apply to strengthen their volition? How can these strategies be promoted through an online course?
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