Well, the second class was conducted by Dr Fariza. It's so nice to meet her again this semester! I still remember how fun it was to be in her class. One thing I love about Dr Fariza is that she appreciates everyone's opinions and never neglect any one of us.
So during the class Dr Fariza explained about the weekly reflections which I'm doing now. She explained how we should do it. In my opinion, weekly reflections being made as one of the assignments is really helpful for students who especially like to study last minute. Reflections help us to recall what was being taught and discussed in class. It allows us to analyse all the materials and content of the topic to come up with our own perception and understand the topic in depth. Other than that, weekly reflections act as a way for us to do our revision. As I mentioned before this, there are students who study last minute before final exam like me; there are also students who never do revision, so weekly reflections somehow make us revise what we have learned in class.
However, in order to effectively revise the topic and come up with a good quality reflection, the content of the reflection must be complete. Complete, meaning all important points of the class should be mentioned and explained thoroughly so that in the future we could refer to the reflections written if there is any confusion or for revision purpose. That was what Dr Fariza tried to explain to us. I am still learning the right way to do a critical reflection and I hope what I'm doing is correct.
Next, we also discussed on instructional technology. According to Seels and Richey, Instructional Teachnology is the theory and practice of design, development and utilization, management and evaluation of processes and resources in learning. Basically, IT is a study of building a learning system and at the same time act as a feedback mechanism to keep track of the effectiveness of the system on students' learning experiences then keep on improving the system according to the current situation. Initially, I thought IT is something new and involves only technologies like computers. However, I did a little research and found out that actually IT has been implemented since the day chalkboard was used in class.
To make it clear, the type of technology used in this case is "chalkboard" because it spreads information, it is according to lecture pace and it can be immediately updated. All technology used in class which is beneficial in the sense that it can make the lesson interesting and that students are able to learn effectively are considered as Instructional Technology.
There are a few domains in Instructional Technology.
In my opinion, Instructional Technology is very useful for novice teachers like us because by following the guideline, we are able to design a lesson which is interesting and informative for the students.
Thank you Dr Fariza for this informative lecture! Looking forward to the next class :)