These are question and answer prompts from for work towards my PhD at Old Dominion University. The text is Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation and Evaluation by Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers  (Author), Karen L. Rasmussen (Author),  Patrick R. Lowenthal  (Author)

Question 1: Practice writing task analysis. Using a numbered list format to write a task analysis for one learning objective of your own project design.

Calculate Aircraft Performance

  1. Identify appropriate aircraft Charts, Tables, and Other Related Material
    1. Select appropriate manuals
    1. Ensure up to date revision status
    1. Select designated charts based off of aircraft weight, altitude, and temperature.
  2. Calculate Aircraft Performance
    1. Calculate V-speeds, takeoff roll distance, obstacle clearance altitudes, and landing distance under normal conditions
    1. Calculate V-speeds, takeoff roll distance, obstacle clearance altitudes, and landing distance under abnormal conditions
  3. Assess Performance Limiting Factors
    1. Identify appropriate runway length, acceptable ambient temperatures, runway contamination
    1. Evaluate the impact of potential meteorological conditions
    1. Compare Short and Soft Field landing procedures
    1. Appraise potential impacts of inoperative equipment

Question 2: Extending your skills (pg. 136). Select one case study of your choice and share your thoughts on the appropriateness of instructional content/task analysis approach described in your select case.

Case Study 2

Details on Homer are a bit short this week but one thing that stood out to me is he essentially makes a list of the mandatory safety requirements, which in itself is both good and mandatory, but then he just dives right into the LTM before talking with Greta, whom is the plant safety officer. From the narrative her role looks like it will be as SME in some capacity. I think this might be the wrong approach for two reasons; 1) The plant may have procedures or policies in place aimed to exceed the base regulatory standards; 2) Homer does not necessarily have a ton of experience in the field as we learned in previous chapters, thus who’s to say the depth and sequencing of the LTM will be satisfactory on the first attempt.

I think I might just be hung up in the second paragraph, where it says Greta will check his work. I would think that as an instructional designers in the business environment you’d want to have a meeting with the Plant Safety Officer prior to them just simply checking his work. They most likely should be directly involved in the analysis process itself before the work is even ready for check. Additionally, at the end of the second paragraph it discusses comparisons to similar training initiatives sponsored by the federal government, again I just kind of think rather than comparing this after you’ve done the work, perhaps some front end analysis would be more appropriate to help better build the LTM.

Depending on the size of this course I would also consider rapid prototyping a specific module and gather some experiential data to ensure the course is having positive results before rolling it out to the enterprise.

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