edu624: Key Concepts

HPI & HPT

Resier and Dempsey provided the most clarity in differentiating HPI and HPT: “In one sense, human performance improvement is what we wish to achieve and human performance technology is the means we used to achieve it” (2012, p. 137).  With that being said, I believe both HPI and HPT impact my learning environment in the district I work in, however they do it in different ways but contribute to similar goals. Many of the projects I am involved in require communication and collaboration amongst different groups within our district (i.e. teachers, parents, administrators, students, etc.) and there is a strong desire for all voices to be heard for each group to be successful and feel they have contributed to the ultimate goal of the project. On the other side, we must be able to back up our claims and ideas with empirical data and evidence. HPT relies on scientific research and demands verification of results through formal analysis (Reiser & Dempsey, p. 138).

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As a teacher, collectively knowing your students and identifying their needs is a significant piece to the puzzle when determining how people learn and what motivates them. Dirksen states “Learning experiences should be two way interactions, so you know when learners understand correctly, and when they don’t” (Dirksen, p. 56).  Bringing students or trainees in on the conversation and allowing them to take ownership of the learning can yield better results and success. How we get there can be through the use of technology to analyze information, draw conclusions and support an argument. Exposure to this information via technology is critical to the learning process and ultimately for the success of any project.

For Reflection:

In your profession, how could you leverage HPT to increase motivation for all members of your organization?

ACCESSIBILITY:

Accessibility to any sort of content or instruction can directly impact the motivation of a student or learner. Ensuring that each student’s needs are met to engage in the learning process is imperative to being a successful and fair teacher. “Accessible e-Learning is electronically-generated instruction that is equally accessible and usable to those whose sensory, movement and cognitive limitations interfere with the use of the computer” (Pulichino, 2005, p. 2).

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In the district I work in, all instruction and materials must be accessible whether they are printed or in electronic form.  Software that has specific accessibility features built-in must be utilized and training needs to be provided so students are familiar comfortable-all of this impacts motivation to learn. Reiser and Dempsey (2012) further point out how the learning environment must be flexible and sensitive to different cultures. Knowing your students and their specific needs at the beginning of a class can only enhance their learning experience.  Appropriate accommodations should be identified and employed as efficiently as possible. Finally, the presentation of information needs to be clear as it pertains to font, text, graphics and other tools that are part of any documentation (Reiser and Dempsey (2012).  With more and more learning occurring online, it is imperative instructors are more sensitive to each student’s needs and how overall accessibility impacts the motivation level for all learners.

For Reflection:

With the implementation of more rigorous state standards throughout the United States, what role do you think accessibility should play now that testing will be conducted online?

References

Dirksen, J. (2012). Design for how people learn. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

Pulichino, J. (2005). The e-learning accessibility and section 508 report. The eLearning Guild, Retrieved from http://www.elearningguild.com

Resier, R. & Dempsey, J. (2012). Trends and issues in instructional design and technology. (Third ed.). Pearson.

Additional Resource:

Combining Intrinsic Motivation and Student Autonomy for Sustained Success, click here

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