LDT100x Instructional Design and Technology: Learning
Published: Oct. 31, 2019
Learners were instructed to identify a
technology tool they wanted to learn more about, such as an app,
software or other authoring tool to support work or as a designer.
Learners were to contemplate the learning theory employed and why
they it is effective or not effective.
Identify the tool, add a URL if online,
and a short description of why you picked it.
I chose BookCreator.
I was especially intrigued by two things:
- The portal page contained a rather
comprehensive video that truly showed the tool's capabilities
(despite loud, obnoxious background music). I find that the portal
pages of MANY tools will tell you almost nothing before collecting
your contact information via registration. How can I know I want
to use the tool when I have virtually no information about it? The
presence of content that helped me choose was indeed one of the
reasons I chose it.
- The tool is targeted to students,
suggesting it is very easy to use. This presumed ease-of-use was
almost a drawback because I'm not certain that I would, as an
instructional designer, use a tool meant for students to deliver
instruction to students. I would definitely suggest it as a tool
students could use for their class projects.
As I signed
in for the free trial, I immediately saw that BookCreator works only
on Chrome. I have Chrome but rarely use it.
A couple of
weeks after signing up for Book Creator, I sat down to create my
project on it. The dashboard for doing so is very stark, and the
only buttons or controls on it are My Books, Pages, Undo, a plus
sign (+), a lower-case i, and a right arrow.
I liked the
fact that not only is Google Image Search integrated with
BookCreator, but the results are filtered so only those available
for public use appear.
I learned by
trial-and-error that for a page with both an image and text, the
image must be uploaded first.
dismayed that very few choices are available for text, such as
color, size, and alignment. The cover-text font is the same size as
body text inside! I am guessing the sparse number of typographic
choices is related to the tool being targeted to young students.
except for the cover with its too-small type, I was reasonably
satisfied with the final book I created.
reflection on the learning theory or theories that supported
learning to use the new tool and why those approaches were
Seeking to to
bolster this reflection with research, I was very surprised at how
sparse the literature is on constructivism from the LEARNER'S
I was a
constructivist learner for this project in that I did not sit back
and receive information.
my knowledge of BookCreator through hands-on experience with it. I
formed questions. I created the experience of learning the tool by
using the tool. I developed strategies to figure out how perform
actions that were not obvious. I experienced minor roadblocks (e.g.,
learning that images had to be uploaded before text) that led to
reexamining the process and developing new paths and strategies.
drove my own process of HOW TO LEARN, constructing my own learning
through trial and error.