This is a reflection excercise from the Forum post in the Course. The task was to apply the Gagne's Learning events and the ASSURE model.
"I find Gagne's learning events as focused towards teaching a particular topic both in the class room and in the material for open and distance learning. The theory is such that we can improvise using a structured pattern. It does simplify the job of the planners and teachers alike. And this is a big help (template aspect). The problem in many countries like ours is that we get teachers who chose teaching as a career because of lack of other career options. These people have to be taught on the best way of teaching and the Gagne's methodology is a simple way of structuring a teaching a class.
One of the examples presented in http://www.patsula.com/usefo/webbasedlearning/tutorial1/learning_theories_full_version.html#gagne explains how this can work in teaching a simple concept. This works in an actual classroom as a seamless exercise, but needs proper preparation, awareness and command by the teacher. I would like to also pick up on Michaels point on "Robert Gagne’s nine events of learning do not lay emphasis on creating the instructional materials. ". I think Gagne's nine events has sufficient detail to be incorporated in an instruction material. In a material for open and distance learning (material presented in hard copy also), the same approach will work in the way the material is presented. (Am i right?)
As you have observed in your post, the ASSURE seems broader. I am also of the view that we can incorporate the specific detail of Gagne's in its teaching approach in the class room. I am interested in the explanation given in http://www.unca.edu/education/edtech/techcourse/assure.htm Because of the broader approach, ASSURE would be an ISD strategy whereas Gagne's theories may be categorised as a teaching method.
For a computer based tutorial design, Gagne's learning events will work wonderfully well. Even in applications like m-learning, there is scope to incorporate it."
After working on Gagne's events of learning and completing a project on the ASSURE model, this post still rings true.
The chapter summary work for the course is shown in the following link