Real world instructional design:
Go out into the world (e.g. grocery store, mall, etc.) and locate two examples of instructional design in which you, the viewer/reader, are expected to learn something. What were the goals of the instruction? How effective was it? What are three things you learned that you are not likely to forget?
The first example of instructional design I found very close to where I work – in the Women’s restroom. It is a sign placed next to the sink designed to educate us about stopping the spread of the flu virus. There are four steps (wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, stay home when you’re sick, and get a vaccination) presented in three formats (picture, bold title, and full sentence). This simple sign with the title “Keep your germs to yourself” is effective in giving helpful information. There are actually four, not three, things I learned from this sign that I will not forget. They are the steps I can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus. View the pdf here: tx_flu_germs
The second example of instructional design I believe can be found on the UNT campus says texting while driving is not against the law in Denton and carries a $200 fine. I have not actually seen this sign posted on the UNT campus, but I was aware of its existence and searched online for a copy of it. The sign has limited words, contrasting colors, and simple art of a car plus a cell phone both with the universal “do not” symbol over them. The sign is effective in delivering the message. Three things I have learned from this sign are not to text and drive, that it is illegal to text and drive in Denton, and that I can expect to pay $200 if I am caught texting and driving. View the pdf here: no_text_drive
Based on what you have read about instructional design, how important is it to your future work goals?