Principles of instructional design

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If you're new to eLearning and don't have a background in instructional design, this is the best place for you to get started. In the four lessons below, you will learn about the professional practice of instructional design by watching an expert instructional designer guide a novice in his first ID project.

Lesson 1: What is Instructional Design?

Length: Approximately 10 minutes

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Resources:

Instructional Design: The ADDIE Approach
Ebook available via the MIT Libraries. Want even more ADDIE? Dr. Robert Branch provides a fantastic overview. To access this ebook, you must be logged into the MIT network.

E-Learning by Design
Ebook available via the MIT Libraries. Find lots of useful advice and examples in this popular book by William Horton. Examples of instructional strategies are also covered in Lesson 3 of this module. To access this ebook, you must be logged into the MIT network.

An introduction to the ADDIE Model for Instructional Designers
Though the author calls ADDIE a "model," this article provides another nice, high-level overview of the phases of ADDIE.


Lesson 2: Is Training the Solution?

Length: Approximately 10 minutes

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Resources:

Blank Analysis Template
Be sure to copy this template to your own Quip account or export it before using it. Modifying this version will change the template for everyone.

Example Analysis Template - Social Networking in the Workplace
This is the example from the lesson. It includes embedded instructions for each section.

Performance Gap or Knowledge Deficit? Investigate Before You Educate
Though written for Nurse Managers, this excellent article goes into more detail on the various reasons for performance gaps and includes a handy list of questions to ask to find out the reasons are applicable to almost any field.


Lesson 3: Instructional Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

Length: Approximately 18 minutes

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Resources:

Blank Design Template
Be sure to copy this template to your own Quip account or export it before using it. Modifying this version will change the template for everyone.

Example Design Template - Social Networking in the Workplace
This is the example from the lesson. It includes embedded instructions for each section.

Bloom's Taxonomy Action Verbs
A handy list to aid in writing goals and objectives, this table includes descriptions of the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and sample behavior statements.

Are you writing rockin' course objectives? 7 Do's and Don'ts
Great advice for writing good objectives.

Chunking Information for Instructional Design
Need more guidance on how to go about chunking your content into modules and lessons? This article provides a step-by-step process to help you.

William Horton Consulting - Examples from E-Learning by Design
Horton's development frameworks (Dreamweaver, Flash) and graphics are outdated, but his model of Absorb, Do, and Connect activities are still very useful. He includes lots of examples on his site as well as later chapters from the book.


Lesson 4: Development and Quality Control

Length: Approximately 12 minutes

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Resources:

Blank Evaluation Plan Template
Be sure to copy this template to your own Quip account or export it before using it. Modifying this version will change the template for everyone.

Example Evaluation Plan
This is the example from the lesson. It includes embedded instructions for each section.

Elearning and the Science of Instruction
Ebook available via the MIT Libraries. Author Ruth Clark provides evidence-based guidelines for developing materials for elearning courses. To access this ebook, you must be logged into the MIT network.

Steering Away from Cognitive Overload
Nice overview of what the research says about how to present elearning content to learners in ways that can help them learn.

Post-Course Evaluations: What E-Learning Designers Need to Know
Good overview of the purpose of post-course learner evaluations and how to implement them. Also contains a link to a list of over 60 possible questions you could include in a survey (though you definitely wouldn't want to ask all of these!)

Issue Log Template
This Excel spreadsheet is designed to help you keep track of the feedback you get from different stakeholders throughout the elearning course development process.