I found this subject area to be a challenging one. Being new to the field of instructional design I did not quite understand why you would need to learn about philosophies and theories of instructional design. I had an idea that you would just build the instruction so you can teach something. By the time we had covered the first few weeks and the subject of behaviorism I had some understanding of why. One of the things I learned was that it is important to look at things from different perspectives when thinking about how to design instruction and from a behaviorist point of view a change in behavior is a good way to evaluate whether or not learning has actually occurred. In say that I still have many questions, the positive reinforcement and punishment is still confusing and how do you know if the positive reinforcement you are using is not enabling bad practices? For example, if I am giving positive feedback in a work training setting how can I ensure I am supportive yet pushing the learner to achieve their best?
One of the class activities that help me the most in understanding this theory was the case study. I liked the fact we came back to them on more that one occasion and worked in teams. I was able to apply the theory to more than one Learning scenario and I could get and understanding of how other people in the class view the theory.