............As we already noted, the field of instructional design never stops moving or growing. The “old” standards such as e-learning and virtual classrooms, the older standards like linear video and multimedia, even the oldest ones such as face-to-face classrooms and OJT, are still in use and have their place in a designer's toolkit. However, new deliveries, new technologies, and new conceptualizations of what learning is and does are expanding the possibilities of instructional design every year.
This chapter will provide a brief look at some of those newer aspects, and what an “up-to-date” designer needs to know about them.
We'll start our consideration of the new with a look at an old design, the classroom, with a twist…or perhaps a flip is the better term. In its most basic form, a flipped classroom is a blended approach, and a simple one at that. The learners are given pre-class assignments dealing with the cognitive content of the course that require completion before the class itself. Most of this content is in the form of video-based, PowerPoint–augmented lectures that would normally be given live. During scheduled class time, instead of the lecture, the facilitator leads a discussion on the topics that were presented in the video and engages the learner in various interactions.
As you might guess, the concept of ...