The Development Of Invenciones De La Inventiva: The Experiences of A Non-Spanish Speaker Instructional Designer.
The purpose of this self-study research was to investigate effective web design principles through reconstructing my personal and professional identity as an instructional designer, using my experiences in developing the Invenciones De La Inventiva website. The two research questions guiding this study were: What design principles can be derived from my experience of living and developing this project? How did I, as an instructional designer, design and develop the Invenciones De La Inventiva website despite a lack of formal training in the target language? The theoretical framework included principles of database-driven information design, the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, rapid prototyping as an instructional design model, and principles of designing and using learning objects. Database-driven information design facilitated the longevity of the content and collaborative development. The Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning provided a structure for the resources and helped organize content to make it more effective for learning. The cyclical nature of rapid prototyping sustained the collaborative interactions of the client and the designer and reduced development time. Learning object principles made the content of the website reusable and sharable while ensuring the target audience could use the materials in a range of contexts. The concept of community of practice provided a guide for the context of the subject matter and helped in the design of website elements. Personal practical knowledge gained through prior experiences, philosophies and values served as a guide for dealing with uncertainties in the development process. Future research includes exploring multiple perspectives in the development process.