Instructional Design

A Post-It Note Definition of Instructional Design


As I was getting settled in my new desk, I came across a post-it note that I have carried with me since I began working as an Instructional Designer. One half of the post-it is a lengthy definition of Instructional Design. The other half contains brief inspirational thoughts or basic reminders on how to be a good Instructional Designer. Every …

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Tips on How to Tailor to Specific Learning Styles

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Instructional design is not for the faint of heart. You are designing modules for people to look at and learn from, and most of the time it’s not easy. There are three general types of learning styles in the world – auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Although people tend to learn from all styles, they generally lean towards a specific style. …

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Exploring ADDIE


When I first began my career as an instructional designer, the very first thing I learned about was the ADDIE model. This Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has been around for decades and has many alterations and versions. In this post, I want to quickly cover what the model is, and how it can help instructional designers streamline their process …

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Learning Objects: The Backbone of Modern Instruction


As more and more educational institutions begin implementing hybrid and fully online courses, instructional design processes will become exceedingly important. Design committees will not only need to evaluate course structure and learning outcomes, they will also need to create flexible learning environments. Traditional classrooms employing auditory learning techniques provide a platform that is easily customizable as objectives change and student …

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Before it’s Finished: Why Feedback is Essential


For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been told to show my work. Teachers, friends, and colleagues encourage (and sometimes even require) this practice as a way to show and validate your process and work. I can remember the frustration that I felt as a third grade student doing math problems in my head only to receive a …

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Kids Say The Darndest Things

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One of my favorite things to do when I get home from work is sit on the couch and watch my kids interact with each other. I am always amazed by the ways in which they come up with to express themselves. Especially when it comes time to do homework. It surprises me how they complain about it with all …

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Mobile Learning’s Impact on Instructional Design

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It seems the common catalyst for emerging learning theories like Connectivism, Online Collaborative Learning, Personalized Learning Environments (PLEs), Online Networked Learning Environments, and other online-oriented paradigms is the importance of establishing social presence in the learning environment. As Downes (2008) points out: the focus of a personal learning environment “is more on creation and communication than it is consumption and …

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Design with Purpose


If you’ve read any of the other graphic design-related posts on Designed:2:Learn, I’m sure that you’ve realized our team’s passion for good, effective design. With introductory posts like THIS and THAT, you have all of the tools and know-how that you need to begin making your training and e-learning modules look professional and appealing. Now that you’re using those awesome …

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Just-in-Time Learning: The Examples


Last month we told you why Just-in-Time Learning rocks. But, what does just-in-learning look like? How can you begin incorporating it into your own learning strategy? Let’s look at some examples from the Designed:2:Learn team. 1. Outside Resources One way we provide as many just-in-time learning opportunities as possible is we use outside resources, such as and the Microsoft IT …

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Active Learning’s Influence on Classroom Design


There has been a lot of talk lately about Active Learning and Constructivism, and how they can be used to enhance your curriculum. How can we get students more involved in the learning process? How can we encourage deeper critical thinking? Active Learning and Constructivism as learning/teaching philosophies surely provide a strong foundation on which to pursue these goals. But …

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