I had a g-r-e-a-t discussion on Friday with 10 instructional designers that I happen to follow on Twitter. Serendipitously, I am working on a presentation that is germane to the discussion that follows. We were, once again, spinning around the workflow process model known as ADDIE.
And yes, @gminks, I knew what I was doing when I tossed the "A-bomb" out the window. Research. Yeah, that's it - research.
This is also a lesson in Twitter 101. I know that many of you out there are highly experienced tweeters. I also know that there are many of you who read this blog that wouldn't know a tweet if it bit you. Still can't imagine why anyone would care about what other people are doing at any given time, and THEN posting a message about it.
Well, get a clue, my tech-resistant darlings. This is something you need to know about.
I took screen shots of the Twitter feed and have posted them in order. I did this because (1) It is Sunday, I am lazy and this was a fast way to replicate the back-channel without asking people to create an @edwsonoma search column. Also (2) I wanted to show some of my tech resistant buddies what a tweetstream looks like, and this is an easier way to do it. You will notice from the time-stamps that the tweets are best read from bottom to top in each of the 5 sections. However, you will also notice that most tweets can be read somewhat out of sequence without sacrificing too much meaning. It's a bit like walking into the middle of a discussion at a cocktail party. You'll catch up.
If you are an experienced Twitter user, don't bother to read this next part.
If you are a Twitter newbie, this paragraph is for you. A little bit of guidance to understand what you are looking at. These are individual microblogged posts that were published to the Twitter website, sorted using my user name (since this was a conversation I was following). For each individual post into what is called the "tweetstream" each contributor sending the message will show up as the first user name, in bold red. The sender's picture shows up with each tweet they make. The string of letters following each "@" is a Twitter user name. People who send a tweet will often add the name of people, prefaced by "@", that are part of a particular online conversational thread. If you see an RT in front of a user name it's because someone liked a post so much that they forwarded it. If you are intrigued about Twitter sign up for a user name at http://twitter.com.
If you are an instructional designer, might I suggest that the people involved in the following conversation should definitely be on your "follow" lists.
And now, back to ADDIE. I hope you enjoy the following discussion as much as I did.
If you haven't seen the Beard's Posterous post on ADDIE's a Methodology, not Design please scroll to the bottom of the page (after you read the conversation below, of course) and I will be very happy to share the link. I would like to believe that his genius was inspired in part by this fine discussion.
And yes, Cammy and Koreen and I will offer an ID pecha kucha smackdown performance at Learning Solutions. Gauntlet has been tossed. We're there.
Don't you just love doing research?
The link to the Beard's Posterous site is http://thebeard.posterous.com/addies-a-methodology-and-not-design-full-lyri. Definitely worth the trip.