Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology
Instructional strategies and technology, applied thoughtfully, can equip adult learners with the tools needed to expand their learning territory and grow potential.
 
Our challenge, as instructional design and technology professionals, is to ensure the applied strategies and technology directly serves the adult learner, and does not distract the learner from the primary goal: increasing knowledge, understanding, skills, and potential.
 
Our primary focus, then, should be on the learning and not the technology.
 
Prior to implementing any new instructional strategy and technology for learners, we need to give consideration to certain instructional factors:
  • Will the technology improve information delivery?
  • Does it empower the learner toward achieving a goal?
  • Will it expand the “instructional territory” the learner is traversing?
  • Is the new technology a complement to the instructional objectives?
  • Does the technology support the instructional strategy?
  • Will the learner benefit from using this technology?
  • Can the new technology be integrated into the existing instructional structure?
Keep in mind that ease-of-use is critical. The technology must be intuitive to use. If learners find the curve to adapt too steep, they may look for something else.