Archive | December, 2012

Trent: Stepping outside my Comfort Zone!

3 Dec

As this semester comes to an end, I begin to reflect on what I have learned throughout this class.  I will not lie, I was very uneasy about taking IT 570 at first, because it was outside of my comfort zone and I have not focused a lot of my graduate work towards education and learning styles.  However, as I have experienced with other things in the past, I think some of the best learning takes place when you step outside of your comfort zone. 

At the beginning of the semester, I had very little experience with instructional design and aligning pedagogical approaches with the overall strategy and outcome.  The design project has enabled me to realize that as I have designed my own 4-H curriculum and programs in the past, the outcome and strategies may not have been appropriately aligned.  I now understand that for effective learning to take place, I must become more organized in my teaching process.  I must do a better job of more clearly defining goals and objectives, enabling learners to more easily grasp learning strategies.  I know that I will be able to apply the many objectives from this class to my own career, enabling me to be a much more efficient agent when it comes to preparing instruction.  I am very glad that I stepped outside of my own comfort zone!