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About EME4673

My impression of instructional design is that it plays an integral role in increasing access to educational spaces and opportunities for minority and disabled populations, and that is why I have fallen in love with the field. My final project at UF is creating a course for university faculty in Iceland to help them make their courses more accessible, and I was not only able to build the structure of that course in this class but also gain valuable insight into the process of developing a course through the lens of an instructional designer. There are no instructional designers in Iceland, and after taking this course, I'm more convinced than ever that there is dier need for these professionals in academic spaces to ensure quality and access to education for all. 
I had never heard of the Dick and Carey Systems Approach Model for Designing Instruction before starting this course. I had only worked with the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) model, which I thought and still think is extremely useful in instructional design. However, having the opportunity to go through, step by step, the systems approach model was extremely valuable as it allowed me to apply the necessary skills I will use as an instructional designer to develop a course this 2024 spring semester. The systems approach model is very broken down and detailed, which was helpful for me as I did not have a lot of experience with instructional design prior to starting this course. 
Overall, my impression of instructional design was very positive. I hope to become an instructional designer one day and help faculty increase the accessibility of their course design and content so that students with disabilities like myself or students from other minority populations can have the opportunity to pursue a degree in higher education in Iceland. 

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