Trending Sources

Instructional Design: The Process – 1

Origin Learning

There have been all types of blend in learning, using all possible avenues from brick-and-mortar classrooms, virtual classrooms, eLearning, digital tutorials, videos, to xAPI tracking all forms of social or informal learning. Instructional Design (ID) is a process or systematic approach to developing the various learning courses or programs. Learning Styles.


The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

The conversation erupted on social media, as it has before, about the state of affairs in the field of Learning and Development, or L&D. 1 The conversation was generally about how we have all been committed to changing the practice of L&D for years, yet we were having much the same conversation all over again. This is where the discipline of instructional design comes in.

20+ More Books for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

In response to my list of 12+ Books for Instructional Designers , I received a lot of great suggestions for further reading. Instructional Design and Learning Design. ISD From the Ground Up: A No-Nonsense Approach to Instructional Design by Chuck Hodell was suggested by Phrodeo , who is using it as a textbook in a course she’s taking.

eLearning Book Review: The Accidental Instructional Designer

Web Courseworks

Instructional designers and eLearning managers can learn something from Cammy Bean’s book. Here’s a question for the eLearning managers out there: How many members of your instructional design team got involved in the field by accident? The accidental aspect of our careers is symbolic of the life-long learning journey most adults should ready themselves for.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Conduct Behavioral Interviews” and “Design Great Training.” their group, you may wish to try action mapping, a technique developed by instructional. designer Cathy Moore. Teams who learn. take the same training at the same time also benefit from the social nature of this learning. What are some signs that it’s a good time for individual or team learning?

Skills Instructional Designers Should Have


Instructional design is a robust field that requires constant vigilance to new technology and methodology. We are excited to see what new gadgets are available and what new theories are being developed in instructional design. instructional designIf you don’t hone your craft and keep your skills relevant, then you run the risk of being left behind.

Skills 124

The ADDIE Instructional Design Model

DigitalChalk eLearning

The ADDIE model is one of the most popular processes that instructional designers and training developers use. Identify your audience, problems and objectives, the learning environment, and the audience’s existing knowledge and skills. Design. Remember the ADDIE model is a continuous circle of steps, so this ties directly back into the first phase.

Four Videos on Instructional Design

Kapp Notes

Here are four videos that can help you to think about instructional design for online learning. They don’t all specifically describe instructional design but they do all have insightful ideas if you just listen and apply. Well stated by Cathy Moore who always has great insights concerning the design of instruction. Design

A Brief History of Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Instructional Design has come a long way. From ‘training’, which was merely considered a passive function in an organization, the emphasis has now shifted towards making learning and talent development an integral part of corporate culture. Consequently, training programs which were based on the principles of learning, instruction and human behavior, began to be developed.

Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning

Social Learning

Created in the military during World War II, the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has dominated curriculum design for the last 40 years.  It is still taught in universities and by most train-the-trainer firms. Meier says its weakness reflects a male-dominated point of view and a behavioristic approach to learning. The Four Phases of Learning.)

What Instructional Designers Really Do

Association eLearning

write about instructional design (ID) all the time but I’ve never stopped to explain what Instructional Designers really do. So, here’s my personal definition instead: Instructional design is the art/science of making things make sense. Every aspect of ID is intended to make learning experiences as effective as possible. Basic visual design.

Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design?

Bottom-Line Performance

My last post was about Agile Learning Design , an iterative model of instructional design that focuses on collaboration and rapid prototyping. It is the hot new alternative to the old, and some have argued outdated, ADDIE model that has been the ultimate instructional design model for years. How we talk about Agile versus ADDIE.


Gaps in the ADDIE Instructional Design Model


I have often written in the past about the strengths of using an elearning model, such as ADDIE , for course design, development, and delivery. still happen to believe that ADDIE (or derivatives of this framework) tend to capture the most under the instructional design umbrella, but that’s not to say there aren’t any flaws. Some Weaknesses.


“T-shaped” instructional design process

Spark Your Interest

(Not so) Recently I commented on Twitter about my approach to professional development this year and Steve Flowers (@xpconcept) commented that it made sense in a broader application  to instructional design. What is a “T-shaped” instructional design process? Just Plain Learning "T" shaped Instructional design

Instructional Design and Rapid Prototyping: Rising from the Ashes of ADDIE

Social Learning

Tom Gram, one of my favorite bloggers, a few years ago responded to the hue and cry about ADDIE’s demise in the field of instructional design. In ADDIE is DEAD! Long Live ADDIE! , he talked about the love/hate relationship that many instructional designers and eLearning developers have had with ADDIE as they tried to keep up with business demands for speed and quality and as they observe process innovations such as rapid application development and iterative prototyping. ADDIE vs. Rapid Prototyping. Learning Guru.([link].


“T-shaped” instructional design process

Spark Your Interest

(Not so) Recently I commented on Twitter about my approach to professional development this year and Steve Flowers (@xpconcept) commented that it made sense in a broader application  to instructional design. What is a “T-shaped” instructional design process? Just Plain Learning "T" shaped Instructional design

Broad and Deep Instructional Design Skills

Experiencing eLearning

Do instructional designers or learning experience designers need to know how to use development tools, or should they focus just on analysis and design? What about people who only do development but no design; are they instructional designers? How much project management falls under the role of instructional designer?

The Incredible Power of Design Thinking in Learning Design


Design thinking is the new rage these days. Or is it already being followed as part of the learning design process? What is the significance of design thinking in the context of learning design? What benefits does it offer to learning designers? What are some of the interesting ways in which design thinking could benefit learning designers?

Design 139

22 Books For Beginner Instructional Designers

Upside Learning

A couple of month back I had shared a list of top 30 online resources for instructional designers to keep up with. Recently I came across this discussion on LinkedIn – best book for beginning instructional designers. The discussion has thrown up a great list of books for instructional designers worth sharing with our readers too. e- Learning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Colvin Clark & Richard E. Making Sense of Online Learning : A Guide for Beginners and the Truly Skeptical by Patti Shank & Amy Sitze. Mayer.

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning #id4mlearning

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from a webinar today with Float Learning: Instructional Design for Mobile #id4mlearning. Resources: Gary Woodill’s The Mobile Learning Edge Clark Quinn, Designing mLearning Barbara Ballard, Designing the Mobile User Experience (We can tell a field is about to take off because there’s a big rash of books!) What is instruction? But instruction tends to not be an equal relationship – there’s a power differential. What makes good instruction is often a willing student. mobile instructional design

10 Mobile Learning Terms that Every Instructional Designer Should Know

Allen Interactions

Are you looking for a quick reference guide that can help you brush up on your mobile learning vocabulary before your next Learning and Design meeting? In this article, I'll highlight 10 mobile learning terms that you may want to commit to memory by the time you walk into the conference room. Mobile Learning Christopher Pappas

Skills you need as an Instructional Designer.

Origin Learning

An Instructional designer is just what you need! skillful Instructional designer brings to you both technology and learning combined together not only in a digestible format but also at an appetising pace. Here are lists of essential Skills you need as an Instructional Designer : First things First! Thus, learning becomes more of a fun thing to do!

Skills 115

Integrating Motivation with Instructional Design

B Online Learning

As an Instructional Designer, motivating learners is an important consideration because in reality learners are not always motivated to learn. They are busy, have other things to do, don’t see the course/session as being important or have had a bad learning experience in the past. I’ve come across Dr. John Keller’s motivational design model known as […].

12+ Books for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

If you’re looking for some reading to improve your skills or get started in the field of instructional design, check out these books. General Instructional Design and E-Learning. Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field. I’ve recommended it many times. Games and Scenario-Based Learning.

Habits of Good Instructional Designers


Instructional design is a fascinating profession with a vast array of tools, guidelines, theories, and best-practices. If you are just getting started with instructional design, then all of this can seem pretty overwhelming. Below is a list of some of the more common habits of successful instructional designers. instructional design Uncategorized

The don’ts of eLearning Instructional Design

Origin Learning

This criterion is very important when it comes to eLearning Instructional design. Right from the content creation to the design of the page, there are several ways in which it could go wrong. Below are the lists of don’ts when it comes to eLearning instructional design. Don’t start design without a plan. Don’t change designs frequently. First name.

Virtual Instructional Designer Competencies

InSync Training

Virtual instructional designers manage the development of learning solutions for live, virtual classroom-based instruction. Without the designer there would be no content to deliver. They connect client needs to solutions through analysis and execution of an effective design process. Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design Virtual Classroom Design

Must Read Instructional Design Articles


On the surface, instructional design seems pretty straight-forward. If you are new to this field, then the learning curve can be a bit steep. If you are just starting out with instructional design, the five articles below will give you an introduction to some of the more popular concepts that you are bound to come across. The great thing about instructional design is that the industry as a whole is very supportive and helpful. Must-Read Instruction Design Articles. instructional design

We Need a Degree in Instructional Design

Kapp Notes

Image from Kathy Sierra's old "creating passionate users" blog via Jane Bozarth Lately there has been a lot of discussion over at Cammy Bean's blog Learning Visions about whether or not someone has the "right" to be called an instructional designer or whether or not you even need to know instructional theories to be called an instructional designer.

eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

Association eLearning

This was years before I became an instructional designer, back when I was a kid. The year we got a single computer in the classroom was really exciting (it was only to be used during our designated play/ free time). Kid Learns from Computer Games. Instructional Designer Reflects. Looking back, I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning.

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned From Instructional Design

Association eLearning

Working in instructional design, I’ve had the privilege to learn a little bit about a lot of different fields. This is true whether or not the customers, other departments’ employees, or Learning and Development are aware of it. Taking this into account when designing training can make the difference between “out of touch” and “helpful.”. And that’s okay.

Let’s get rid of the instructional designers!

E-Learning Provocateur

That’s the view of some user-oriented design proponents. Whereas that post explored the role of the learner in the content development process, how about their role in the broader instructional design process? Whether or not the more “progressive” design philosophies resonate with you, at the very least I hope they provoke your thinking… Introduction.

What Is Agile Learning Design?

Bottom-Line Performance

If you’re in the learning design business or working with game based learning , then you’ve probably come across the term “Agile” a lot recently, so we’re going to try and make sense of it. Agile is a fresh approach to learning design that takes the ADDIE model to a new level. Where does it even differ from ADDIE?

Agile 162

A Few Good Resources on Instructional Design

Kapp Notes

The other day I was asked if I knew any good resources on instructional design and so here is a short list. Not specifically about the ADDIE process but two great research-based design books. Quickie Version of Instructional Design. ” Other Views on Designing Instruction. Instructional Design site with lots of good information.


5 Content Troubleshooting Tips for Instructional Designers

eLearning Brothers

Do you ever feel stuck as Instructional Designers with content you can’t work with? Once you understand these things, it becomes much easier to know what to focus on, how to present it, and what activity you may be able to design that supports the learner applying this knowledge via an activity to a realistic task or scenario. After that, the design comes easy. 2.

Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design?

Experiencing eLearning

How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare? Last month, Connie Malamed proposed a new name for the field of instructional design : Learning Experience Design or LX Design. This moves the focus away from “instruction” and more to learning.