Evaluation of Live Instruction

The instruction session I attended was Securing Your Retirement in October at my public library. When first deciding what instruction session I wanted to attend for this journal, I was disappointed at the amount of classes that were offered at my public library. They offer many classes for seniors for help with social media and computers but classes for teenagers through adults were practically non-existent.

This class was designed for people in their 40’s-50’s who are nearing retirement age. I was the only person of my age but still found the session informational. The content and presentation style was appropriate for the target audience and the objective was also appropriate and clearly stated at the beginning of the session.

The instructor introduced himself and provided information explaining he was an expert at the topic that was being discussed. His introduction also seemed to make people in the session feel comfortable with him as an instructor and with asking questions. He also accommodated different learning styles, reading/writing and aural learning styles, by talking, encouraging note taking and passing out a guide book.

I think the instructor did use the ADDIE design or something similar to it because it seemed he had researched or had a lot of experience with this audience (Booth, 2011). The topics that he discussed did cover a wide variety of questions that can come up while thinking about retirement. He also asked if anyone had questions at the end. Although there wasn’t a measurable assessment of the session, he did ask if anyone had questions at the and. This could possibly allow him to see what topics he could perhaps cover more or provide more information on.

The session did provide a Retirement Investment Strategy Guide that covered the topics that were discussed during the session and also offered additional resources for help. The guide was appealing to the eye and did relate back to the session. It also provided the needed information without being overwhelming and used graphics in an appropriate manner. However the guide was handed out at the beginning of the session and it did appear to be a distraction for some people.

Overall the instruction session was informational and the instructor did a good job at providing and explaining information while not trying to cover every point of the topic. The instructor did provide an effective conclusion by reviewing the information from the session and covering any questions. He also provided information for people who had further questions.

Booth, C. (2011). “Chapter 7: Instructional Design.” Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, pp. 83-92.

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