M2-Week 2-Class

Instructional Design & eAuthoring Module (Week 2)

The following is a reflection on the Tuesday morning class that took place on 1st November 2016 from 10:00 to 13:00 using Gibbs Reflective Cycle.


According to the hard copy Module Handbook 2016/17, today’s class was to address the following topics (and to include the guest lecturers Ciaran O’Leary and Patrick Walsh):

  • Why teach
  • Storyboarding and Personas
  • Learning Analytics

In reality, the topics for today’s class were:

  • Why teach
  • Storyboarding
  • Open Source Tools
  • Visitors and Residents: Credibility (Dave White, University of Oxford)

The first three topics were dealt with by Damian Gordon and the last topic was delivered by Pauline Rooney.

Personas and Learning Analytics were not dealt with today.  Ciaran O’Leary and Patrick Walsh did not appear today nor was any reference made to them.

The Why teach section of today’s class was an exploration of the reasons why we teach and the different teaching methodologies that can be used to teach a group of students.  Some reasons to teach are:

To enthuse students, to provide information, to assess students, to change student beliefs, to give the student group a sense of identity.

Some of the methodologies explored today were:

Ask the students to spend 3 minutes writing down the 3 most important ideas followed by 1 minute comparing ideas with the adjacent student.  Ask the students to reflect on how they are learning.

The Storyboarding section of today’s class looked at the definition of a storyboard (“a visual organizer, typically a series of illustrations displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a video, web-based training, or interactive media sequence”, the history of the storyboard (developed by Disney Studios in 1930s) and examples of storyboards for movies (Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Gladiator, Psycho, Watchmen and Apocalypse Now).

Some Open Source Tools referred to in today’s class were FocusWriter, MoodleCloud, Brackets, RedNotebook, Pidgin, TagSpaces and TaskBoard.  The only app that I had previously heard about was MoodleCloud.

For the last part of today’s class, Pauline Rooney showed a very interesting YouTube video by Dave White (University of Oxford) entitled Visitors and Residents: Credibility.


I found today’s class quite disjointed.  The Why teach section felt like it was designed for a ‘dumbed-down’ introductory lecture to students about to experience teaching practice for the first time.  The Storyboarding section looked at storyboards that had been used for famous movies but failed to present any storyboards that had been used for eLearning artefacts.


I only found one out of the four topics in today’s class to be of any benefit:
– The YouTube video Visitors and Residents: Credibility (Dave White, University of Oxford).

This video will be of no benefit to me in relation to Instructional Design & eAuthoring.  However, I found the ideas that it explored in relation to how knowledge is valued and information sources are cited in bricks and mortar universities versus their equivalents in the digital world to be very interesting and highly stimulating.


In my opinion, the entire class today should have been devoted to Storyboarding which is an essential pre-requisite to producing an eLearning artefact.  Moreover, storyboarding is one of the four items to be evaluated in this module and I am quite sure that it is something that is new to most, if not all, of the students in the class.   Why were the text editor open source tools FocusWriter, Brackets and RedNotebook referred to instead of storyboarding tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint (desktop app) and Adobe Captivate Draft (iPad app)?  Why was Pidgin which is a Chat app referred to at all?  TagSpaces is a digital note organizer.  TaskBoard is a task/project management tool.  MoodleCloud is the cloud based version of the popular Moodle LMS.  None of the aforementioned apps were illustrated, examined or compared – merely listed.


I am going to have to learn about Storyboarding without any ‘institutional help’.

Personal Action Plans

Explore the Open Source Tools referred to in today’s class: FocusWriter, MoodleCloud, Brackets, RedNotebook, Pidgin, TagSpaces and TaskBoard.

Experiment with Adobe Captivate Draft (Storyboarding App for iPad).