Instructional Design: The Process – 1
OCTOBER 18, 2016
Instructional Design (ID) is a process or systematic approach to developing the various learning courses or programs. Enough has been written about ID and its various theories and models that define the various approaches or strategies to learning design. Introduction to Instructional Design. Use the Ruth Clark’s media principles of design for effective eLearning.
Instructional Design: The Process – Part 2
NOVEMBER 25, 2016
In the last article , we discussed ID, ISD and the various models and frameworks associated with both. The article ended with an introduction to ADDIE framework of learning design. The five phases of ADDIE framework encompass the entire content development process, from discovery to delivery. ADDIE Framework. The deliverables of this phase are: Approach Document.
Technical Communication: Applying Lean Principles to Documentation
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
DECEMBER 7, 2014
As an Instructional Designer, I have been pleased with the overwhelming positive feedback I have received by adopting these Lean philosophies into the creation of materials for EMR classes. Documentation Electronic Medical Records EMR TechComm Technical Communications Technical Writing training UA User Assistance User Experience UX by Megan Pitkin.
Instructional Design and Rapid Prototyping: Rising from the Ashes of ADDIE
MAY 7, 2012
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. instructional design strategy.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Conduct Behavioral Interviews” and “Design Great Training.” organization, which not only gets you learner buy-in, it also serves as documentation of the. their group, you may wish to try action mapping, a technique developed by instructional. designer Cathy Moore. like what you see in the vendor’s instructional approach and use of media, ask if they’ll. capital.
Instructional Design Post-SCORM
JANUARY 10, 2017
Kicking off the 2017 eLearning Thought Leaders Series will be Megan Torrance from TorranceLearning on, “xAPI for Instructional Designers.” Torrance is Chief Energy Officer at TorranceLearning, an eLearning Brothers Company, where they specialize in custom learning design and development. Join us January 24, 2017 from 11:30AM-12:30PM CT for xAPI for Instructional Designers.
Back To Basics: Instructional Design Terminology
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
In our first Back to Basics blog “What is Instructional Design?” we talked about the concept and definition of instructional design. This week, we wanted to cover some common terms that you are bound to hear in almost instructional design setting. For the experienced Instructional Designers out there, what terminology did you wish you had known first?
What Instructional Designers Really Do
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
I 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. That’s true whether someone is designing a job aid, an online course, or an instructor-led training session.
Best Practices for Instructional Design in eLearning
MARCH 13, 2014
This, in turn, has led to a surge in the number of Instructional Designers(IDs). eLearning eLearning tools Instructional Design interactive learning Design document storyboarding As technology progresses, assuring the quality of educational experience continues to increase in significance. IDs are seen as professionals who can facilitate explicit eLearning outcomes. The […].
9 Essential Instructional Designer Skills
MAY 2, 2013
So you want to be an instructional designer but you’re not sure the exact qualifications ? Well, Today’s Instructional Designer does more than create elearning or live instructor courses, they must wear many hats. Facilitator: More often than not, the instructional designer is roped into live training in some capacity or another. instructional design
Converting a Text-heavy PDF Document into an Engaging E-learning Curriculum
NOVEMBER 2, 2016
Do you have stacks of documents in the PDF format, each running into hundreds of pages? Well, you can convert each of the PDF documents into an e-learning curriculum, comprising several microlearning modules to train your people effectively. Transforming a bland, text-heavy PDF document into an online curriculum. Step 1 – Analyze the PDF document. Let us see how.
MARCH 18, 2014
Job Title: Instructional Designer. Job Category: eLearning, software, instructional design, training, education. Digitec Interactive is looking for an Instructional Designer to work with our production team in Orlando, Florida. The candidate will report to a project manager and perform instructional design tasks, following the ISD process to design and write e-learning modules, courses, and game-based learning experiences. Write design strategy documents and script/storyboards. Status: Fulltime. Tweet This!
Essentials of great instructional design
MARCH 14, 2016
Great instructional design is focused on one goal – delivering a seamless user experience that helps learners to achieve their objectives. In this post, I’ll show you how to use the principles of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design to create course content learners will love. How to edit text for instructional design. Line length.
The Snowball Effect: Documentation and Training for Global ERP Systems
MARCH 13, 2012
So, the company scribes (Instructional Designers and Documentation Specialists) and their SMEs created materials in their native tongue and sent them along to another company to translate into the 2 nd language. Finally the documents were ready for end users…and then there were changes to SAP… again, and again, and again. The scribes are despondent. How will they cope?
Instructional Design Tip: How to Simplify Instruction
OCTOBER 4, 2016
This instructional design tip focuses on how to simplify and chunk content in complex training courses. Essentially, instructional design is about crafting a viable learning experience. Instructional Design Tip: Break Your Content into Chunks. Instructional Design Tip: Get to Know Your Learners. Instructional Design Tip: Learning Journals.
A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID
OCTOBER 1, 2012
Allen is a leader in the field of design, developing and delivering online instruction. He has just released a new book, Leaving Addie for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences in which he describes what he calls the Successive approximation Model (SAM). Apparently the book has stirred a little controversy around the topic of ADDIE. Design
Storyboard Workbook for Elearning: Documenting the Workflow
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Looking at Instructional Design as it applies to elearning where there are many theories, models and methodologies, it that take years of practice to become proficient. Visual Design and the fundamentals of composition, color and fonts is just scratching the surface of the discipline. User Experience Design and Interaction Design both have a lot of work and practice to become proficient. So how does one become proficient and designing and developing elearning? Recommended: Main Storyboard – This document is the overall structure of the design.
Become an Expert in Instructional Design
AUGUST 18, 2014
Becoming an instructional designer doesn’t happen overnight. What are the stakes to be an instructional designer? An instructional designer must and always have a goal for this is where it will start. Let us look at the basic 4Ds of Instructional design. ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate.
4 Things an Instructional Designer Should Do!
AUGUST 14, 2016
What does an instructional designer do? This is where an instructional designer’s role comes into play. Instructional Designers (IDs) design instructional material using abstract and specific tools. The other part is the physical tool such as the LMS and authoring tools used to create instructions for the learning material.
The Incredible Power of Design Thinking in Learning Design
MAY 2, 2015
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? COURSES.
SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers
MARCH 18, 2013
PowerPoints, documents, graphs, charts…do you really have to review all this? Pam Kelly Instructional Design Director at Digitec Interactive. In her 10 year tenure as Digitec''s Instructional Design Director, Pam has designed dozens of eLearning courses for organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Yum! So where’s the balance? Prepare for Interviews.
Adapting ADDIE into a Quicker and Sustainable Process
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
In recent and ongoing arguments in the eLearning industry, the question “Are models like ADDIE still up to the challenges of modern day development?” ADDIE is an instructional design model that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.). While parts of ADDIE are helpful, the model on its own lacks efficiency and sustainability.
Instructional Design And The Six Thinking Hats
JANUARY 19, 2011
I spent most of my free time over the last few weeks reading Edward de Bono’s book, Six Thinking Hats , and thinking about how this thinking process can be applied to Instructional Design. Instructional Design and the Six Thinking Hats. Express your gut feelings about the instructional approach that you believe should be taken. The Hats. Why something may work.
Back To Basics: What is ADDIE?
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
We’ve covered some of the basic concepts in Instructional Design and Terminology in our previous Back To Basics segments. This week we wanted to discuss one of the most common instructional design models, ADDIE. ADDIE is an acronym for a model of instructional design and development. Design the user interface and experience. D esign.
Getting to know ADDIE. Part 3 - Development
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
Having scoped out the target audience, settled on what knowledge the course aims to impart, and composed a plan during the Design stage, we are prepared to move on to Development - a key stage of the ADDIE process, though not the last one. The instructional designers will be using content authoring tools to bring the concepts and ideas laid out in the course plan to life.
Don’t be That Guy: What Instructional Designers Can Learn from Internet Fails
OCTOBER 25, 2016
By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer. Your SMEs running wild, their content running over into thousands of Microsoft® Word documents? e-Learning Instructional Design Kody JacksonHave you been having a rough day? Are your stakeholders sending in last-minute changes?
Learning Game Design Series, Part 8: Dump ADDIE; Iterate Instead
SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
Learning game design is a VERY iterative process. It’s not an approved design document, two drafts plus final—or design, alpha, beta, and gold master. This post describes (and shows) the iterative design process required to create an effective learning game. Unlike other kinds of learning designs, a game has to include content from the beginning. Version 1.
What Is Agile Learning Design?
MAY 7, 2013
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. So let’s dive in and learn about Agile Learning Design.
What is a Scrum and How is it Related to ISD?
JUNE 16, 2011
But elements can be used for the ISD project (or all of it if its a large enough project). However, rather than try to define all possible requirements in a design document up front as with ADDIE, the process accounts for the emergent requirements by allowing them to enter the project in one of the many iterative cycles called sprints. DesignA Scrum is agile development methodology for working with complex, unpredictable projects using an iterative approach. Below is a great video on Scrum if you don’t want to read all this stuff.
Engaging the modern learner: 6 tips for instructional designers
JANUARY 5, 2017
Retention rates improve when learners get to answer questions, make choices or design a solution during the course, and not just sit quietly in a chair. If you want employees to like your courses and want to know more, create a space where you can share information, arrange web resources or documents by topics, and encourage your learners to contribute. People want to be trained.
6 Instructional Design Tips For Noobs
OCTOBER 28, 2015
Instructional design is an exciting field and it is only growing in popularity given the strong presence of elearning in both the educational and for-profit industries. Today there are multiple universities that offer degrees in instructional design (both bachelors and masters), and a handful of professional organizations that have certification courses available.
Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators
JANUARY 8, 2015
Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. Boring instruction ranges in effectiveness, but resides in the area of a total waste of time to an unfortunate loss of opportunity. I believe in research-based designs, but red flags rise quickly for me when I see people freely generalizing results where we can have no confidence they apply. Good design takes skill, patience, and effort.
From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation
AUGUST 13, 2011
I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. An instructional designer by profession who started her career anlayzing learner needs, creating micro-design documents, writing story-boards and discussing the nitty-gritty of course navigation with visual designers, I have long been interested in the power of social, collaborative and informal learning. I am grateful for my Instructional Design background which is standing me in good stead on this new road.like a trustworthy friend.
Instructional Design Challenges for Smaller Screens
APRIL 29, 2012
So, while that’s the good news, mobile learning comes with its own set of challenges,especially for instructional designers who lay the foundation of the learning content. This restricts the inclusion of exhaustive text or documents. So, while some of these challenges cannot be overcome in a day, designers can work around them. Instructional Design Research
eLearning: More Reflection
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Adobe Captivate Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite Design Documentation e-learning eLearning HTML5 Instructional Design iOS mLearning TCS5 TechComm Technical Communications Technical Writing Technology UA User Assistance User Experience UX by Kevin Siegel Last week I wrote about how you can use Reflector to create software simulations and demonstrations from your mobile device. Instead, you can simply see what's happening on the mobile device through your computer. Unless. Next, on the mobile device, perform the action.
Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect
JUNE 16, 2015
The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. While you can support transfer with concepts and examples, practice is essential for retention, and so the practices we design have to be optimized to achieve both those goals. This may seem like a lot, but with practice and support, designing better practice becomes automatic over time.