Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Discovering expert instructional designers' heuristics for creating scenario-based workplace instruction
by Lim, Hedy, Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 150; 10103202
Abstract (Summary)

Scenario-based instructional design is ideal for workplace training, as it promotes practical and performance-based learning through the use of realistic situations. The research problem is a need for well-defined heuristics, what Gibbons (2014) called operational principles and what York and Ertmer (2011) called rules of thumb, being basic guidelines that promote and characterize expertise, in the area of scenario-based online instruction. The purpose of this Delphi study was to gather expert feedback on ideas in the form of a set of best practices for scenario-based online instructional design for the workplace. The research questions break down the topic into four basic areas: identifying a learning problem, discovering scaffolds or learning resources, maintaining project momentum, and essential concerns for instructional development. Experts in workplace scenario-based instructional design, with particular emphasis on professionals with an online or academic presence, were recruited as subjects. A detailed review of the literature gathered forty-two original statements that were organized into five categories. Per Delphi methodology, the study was conducted as a three round iterative online instrument. Subjects were asked to rate each statement and to provide additional statements to clarify and expand on their best practices based on their experience. Twenty-nine subjects completed all three rounds of the research study. While the statements express a wide variety of best practices for the field, recommendations for further research generally focused on thoughtful consideration of the learner, the instructional development team, and a focus on the integrity or realistic authenticity of the learning scenario, throughout the instructional experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wickersham-Fish, Leah
Commitee: Armstrong, Ann, Lane, Carla
School: Capella University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Design, Adult education, Educational technology
Keywords: Online training, Professional training, Scenario, Simulation, Task centered instruction
Publication Number: 10103202
ISBN: 9781339667850
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