Innovative Approaches: Developing Effective Stories to Complement Instruction

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In this project, created for Professor Brent G. Wilson's IT 6720: Research in Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) class, the final product was a research paper on using stories to complement instruction. The basic requirements of the research paper was to engage in a process of inquiry, including:

In my organization, our guidelines to begin the process of developing effective stories are lacking—and I feel that we still need more guidance for:

The purpose of this inquiry was to research how we can develop effective stories to complement instruction that:

This project meets the following competencies:

Reflective Practice

1. Take a systems view.

This project fulfills this competency because I was able to understand the context of how our organization uses stories to complement instruction. I was able to observe, survey, and interview other instructional designers and management, as well as gather information to determine the questions for my research paper. I was then able to give recommendations for how to improve the process for creating stories to complement instruction for our organization.

2. Use cycles of reasoning as tools for problem-solving.

This project fulfills this competency by allowing me to use the cycles of reasoning as a way to problem-solve solutions in observing, surveying, interviewing, and researching the story creation process for my organization. I performed action research by observing the other instructional designers while they went through the process of creating stories, as well as, survey them about their process. I did extensive research on ways to create quality stories for instruction. The Research Project Paper details the results of the above processes.

3. Promote collaboration, partnerships, and relationships for full inclusion with stakeholders, clients, subject matter experts, team members, etc.

I collaborated with other instructional designers and observed, interviewed, and surveyed them about creating stories for instruction. Additionally, I worked with members of the class to elicit other ideas for this project. The Research Project Paper shows the results of the above processes.

4. Be a lifelong learner and professional.

This project fulfilled this competency by allowing me to further develop my Instructional Design story building skills, and my research skills. I have used many of the skills learned in this project in my job and my web design business.

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Planning & Analysis

7. Participate in the process of preparing a technology plan for your unit or organization. Alternatively, critique your organization’s current technology plan and complete a small-scale plan within your assigned responsibility.

This project fulfills this competency because I was able to recommend ways for our organization to begin creating effective stories to complement instructions that allows the participants to have a more powerful learning experience. Participants should then be able to bring that learning into their real-life work situations. Stories are an effective way to provide and achieve learning that meets and exceeds the organizations objectives for instruction. The results of my evaluation are detailed in the Research Project Paper.

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Evaluate & Assess

11. Evaluate effectiveness of programs, products, or practices.

Throughout the evaluation of our organization's story creation process, I observed, surveyed, and interviewed other instructional designers and did extensive research to help improve the recommendations for my organization's story creation process. Additionally, in my class, I received feedback from my classmates on how to improve my recommendations. The results of my research is detailed in the Research Project Paper.

12. Assess student/participant learning.

I created a survey evaluation of the Story Checklist to measure how well it would work for the instructional designers in my organization. I also presented the checklist and project to my class for further ways to improve the checklist. The results of my research is detailed in the Research Project Paper.

13. Utilize research methods to investigate a learning or performance problem, issue, or trend.

I used the results of my observations, surveys, interviews, and research to make changes and improve my recommendations for the story creation process in my organization. The results of the research is detailed in the Research Project Paper.

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Implement & Change

14. Applying theories of diffusion, adoption, and change to a local problem, develop a change strategy.

I developed a story elements checklist and provided the recommendations for the changes to developing our story creation process to my manager. The results of the research is detailed in the Research Project Paper.

15. Participate in an implementation process or change strategy.

To ensure a successful implementation of the new process for creating stories for instruction, I presented the new strategies and recommendations to my co-workers and manager through the Research Project Paper and Story Elements Checklist.

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Project Documents

Research Project Paper (PDF)

Research Project Handout (PDF)

Research Project Presentation (PDF)

Story Elements Checklist (PDF)

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