Meet the Instructional Designers of UPNG
Instructional Design is a new concept for most Papua New Guineans up until the Introduction of the Open and Distance Learning. Distance Education was introduced in PNG some time ago. However, the term Instructional Design was not familiar to most that were involved in Distance Education.Instructional Design actually came into light once the inception of UPNG Open College with the assisstance from Ausaid.
Instructional design refers to the systematic check we have in place to ensure that these things are done and that it connetcs between the three booklets that make up the study package for the students. The three booklets include: Course Outline, Study Guide and the Resource book. What is in the Course Outline must be linked to the Study Guide. The content in the Study Guide must also tie to the readings in the Resource Book.
What do Instructional Designers do?
The purpose of Instructional Design is to make learning easier and more enjoyable.As instructional designers(IDs), we have a numbers of responsibilities:
- Most importantly we provide advice and support to the course writers.
- We ensure that the teaching or lessons are presented in the most appropriate way for delivery through whatever chosen medium.
- We assist in organising learning so that our students can achieve good outcomes and sucessfully complete the course.
- We proofread
- Check materials through the phases of development.
- Ensure that the materials meet quality standards set by UPNG Open College
Meet the Instructional Designers?
Various consultants participated in the intial development of the Open College. The ID system at Open College was established with help of a DE specialist namely Dr Helen Gessinger-who actually trained the Instructional Designers.The Instructional Designers that were trained by Dr Gessinger include:
- Eileen Turare
- Janet Rangou
- Aspasia Sawaraba
- Ivy Payalou
Other Instructional Designers were trained by the other istructional designers include:
- Judith Nukuitu
- Benjamin Cheong
- Kipli Minol
Currently, there are only three Instructional Designers:Janet,Judith & Kipli. Hopefully, our team will be beefed up to five IDs altogether.
Goods news for the team: One of our Instructional Designers have just returned back from studies. Congradulations to Janet Bulumaris Rangou!!!!