Target Population and Environment
Christopher Hernandez earned this badge on Mar 31, 2020
Identify and describe target population and environmental characteristics
Determine characteristics of a target population and/or environment that may impact the design and delivery of instruction
Submit evidence of assessing, testing, or surveying a population or environment in part of a learner or content analysis.
- Examples: Conducting a learner or content analysis by survey, observation, inspection, study, interview, EDCI 572 Design Documents, Artifacts from EDCI 573 Practicum, Project Plan (EDCI 569 if taken in Spring 2021 or later), evidence based on the above criteria (design, performance, workplace, educational, other).
For the challenge “Determine characteristics of a target population and/or environment that may impact the design and delivery of instruction” I am submitting my EDCI 572 Design Document.
The design document for EDCI 572 was developed around the Dick & Carey model and is meant to show my ability to not only design instruction, but to also collect data on learners that will impact the overall design and delivery of a module. Within my artifact there is a section called “Leaner Analysis.” The purpose of this section is to present collected data on learners that will impact how intended instruction will be designed and delivered. It assesses everything from entry level skills like being able to use a computer to learner motivation and general learning preferences. Collecting information on something like general learning preferences would allow the designer to understand what type of instruction would be most effective for the target population (Print, video, presentations, audio, etc.).
The academic importance of this challenge is the ability to determine important learner characteristics. Without the ability to collect this data, intended instruction could fail. As mentioned above, the learning analysis section of my artifact demonstrates the ability to determine characteristics of a target population/environment. Within the learner analysis I determined specific characteristics of learners that would aid in developing a learning module. For example, the intended delivery of the instruction was through eLearning. By interviewing learners and conducting surveys I was able to learn that print and pre-recorded video would be most beneficial as learners wanted something to revisit. This resulted in changing the design of the module from live teaching to pre-recorded and written instruction.
I had no prior knowledge of conducting a learner analysis before my EDCI 572. The developed artifact would be the first experience I’ve ever gained in determining characteristics of a target population. With that being said, the artifact has contributed to my growing knowledge base and is now a reference point for me in other projects.Conducting a thorough learning analysis has provided me with the skills to determine what characteristics of the learning will impact design as design/instruction must be inclusive for all learners. What I learned from this was how important learner inclusion is. If I did not conduct a learner analysis, I would have designed a module that would have been more beneficial for my style of learning rather than my learners’ style of learning. This showed that it is important to consider characteristics of an intended learner population. For the future, I hope to somehow streamline learner analysis. This particular artifact was created over weeks through multiple interviews with different learners. Since these school projects must be created over a limited time span, I was unable to interview as many learners as I wanted. So, for the future, I could possibly utilize distance technology such as Google forms or Microsoft Forms and expand on my ability to collect learner characteristics.