Hi everyone, I'm new here so forgive me if I'm off topic.
My current focus as a freelance instructional designer/consultant is writing activity guides for educators based on plays put on by a production company.
I've made numerous guides and feel that I'm starting to stagnate in terms of my style. As such it's becoming a bit less of a challenge for me and I'm looking for new ways to write the guides - not only for myself but also to keep the educators engaged.
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or resources that I could use to help me with this? You can see samples of my work at http://www.tonidesign.ca/works.html so that you can see what my current style is.
Image via WikipediaHello Toni Hope that your Christmas was awesome, and a happy new year to you. Apologies for the delay in replying...the whole of NZ tends to disappear for the Christmas and New Year break, and other folk will also be on holidays I'm guessing.
Thanks for sharing your samples and for asking for some alternative approaches. It can be tricky as a sole practitioner to bounce ideas around with people, and to get suggestions for different ways of doing things. So, I thought I would pop together some thoughts. They are just suggestions, and may, or may not be the sort of thing you were looking for :-) Please let me know if you'd like to talk about any of the ideas in greater depth, or if you have any questions. I had a brief look through a selection of the guides you have created, and then chose "I don't like Mondays" as the guide to focus on.
I really enjoyed the professional, clean look of the resource, with a layout that makes it really easy to follow and to locate things. If I were covering this book with learners, I would also find the suggestions and ideas to engage students and encourage them to unpick the text and wider topics / competencies, really helpful. In these times of every increasing workloads and expectations, a guide like this would be a bonus! :-)
Not sure if these ideas are any help, or the sort of thing you were looking for - you already have a super set of resources, but there may be some ideas around ways to also incorporate your multimedia and script-writing expertise.
Thank you for your reply and advice.
Some of it I will definitely be able to use but some of it maybe not.
For instance, the LMS idea is great but since my client is a children's theatre playhouse, these guides go up on their website for educators (sometimes across the country and definitely across the province) to access.
I've struggled on ways to include more visual elements in these guides, from a technical point of view and also a creative one, so the mind map idea is great!
It has always been a challenge for me to try and incorporate some constructivist learning into the guides. I try and include an exercise where the class will brainstorm ideas about the play they have seen and from there they can be developed into activities. The main challenge is that I need to appeal to my client in terms of developing activities while also trying to manage how to keep things feeling "loose" so that the educator can improvise and make it fit his/her students' needs. Not to mention that the guides cover a range of ages and grades (either K through 7/8 or 7/8 through 11). Providing options for how students complete an activity could help meet these requirements.
Thank you for your advice! I'm going to look into how I can use these in my future guides!