For my final design project for EDTECH 503 I developed a training module to help teachers learn to use Google Slides. A major component of the project involves effective communication tips from Reynolds’ book, “Presentation Zen” (Reynolds, 2011). Designing this project was a lot more work than I thought it might be when I first got started. That is only because I didn’t really know what Instructional Design was until I took EDTECH 503. There are a number of steps to follow in order to design a high-quality project that has a chance of succeeding. Fortunately, there is a model that makes all the steps easy to remember and follow. The ADDIE model is very effective when designing instruction for any group of learners.
I chose the picture of a puzzle (right) to illustrate how the all the parts of an Instructional Design project must work together. The puzzle is circular, indicating the cyclical, iterative nature of Instructional Design. Evaluation is shown in the center of the project, touching each piece of the puzzle. Throwing an Instructional Design project together without constant and continuous evaluation is a recipe for disaster. Finally, the colored figures aren’t supporting their own color. They are each supporting a piece of the puzzle that “belongs” to someone else, further indicating the need for all stakeholders to work together towards a common goal.
My project is called, “Effective Communication Using Google Slides”. It provides all the materials necessary so that anyone can present this professional development workshop to their teachers. I particularly enjoyed designing the slide shows. The workshop slide show was a challenge because I really wanted to present the communication tips in such a way that illustrated the concepts Reynolds writes about in “Presentation Zen” (Reynolds, 2011). It was fun trying to find the right pictures to use and to minimize the amount of text and bullets.
I had tons of fun designing the evaluation slide show. Instead of a standard survey, teachers collaborate on the slide show as their evaluation tool. This not only gets feedback from participating teachers, it also gives them an opportunity to use the skills they just learned. It should be an enjoyable evaluation to complete, and it is always nice to have something fun at the end of a training session. There is an evaluation slide show that has been completed with sample data to show you how the evaluation will look after all have collaborated on the show.
All of the materials for the “Effective Communication Using Google Slides” project are shared in Google Drive. Use the links below to peruse and use the materials. Feel free to comment on them by leaving a reply to this post, especially if you use them with your staff. I would like to hear how it goes!
Evaluation slide show
Evaluation slide show with sample data
Workshop slide show
Workshop complete project (document, analysis survey, and slide shows)