A Designer's Log
Case Studies in Instructional Design
Reading this took me back to the days when I was learning how to work with subject-matter experts, add design knowledge, juggle production, and stay within budgets. I could have used this book back then. I especially liked the insights into designer reasoning about trade-offs, how hard to push, and when to take a different approach. Power’s book is very practical, and I will recommend it to many of my younger and more seasoned colleagues alike.
Power takes the reader inside his world as an instructional designer, as he learns to navigate the slippery slope of supporting faculty in course design. Through his “cases,” Power helps us understand how to concede on the small decisions (e.g., the order in which to create the various course documents, activities, etc.) to accomplish the non-negotiables (e.g., coherence among course components; design before delivery). This book reads like a personal journal, but packs a universal punch.
The Case Studies
Case Study 1: Walking the Walk
Case Study 2: Beating the Clock
Case Study 3: Experiencing a Eureka! Moment
Case Study 4: Getting Off to a Good Start
Case Study 5: Getting from A to B
Case Study 6: I Did It My Way
Case Study 7: Let's Shake to That!
Case Study 8: Managing Volume
Case Study 9: I and Thou
Case Study 10: Integrating Technology
Synthesis and Final Prototype
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