Instructional Design 101

by CommLab India

Whether you are an experienced Instructional Designer, a new entrant, or making your way to the world of L&D from a functional field, we invite you to go through the fundamentals of ID covered in the eBook.

Key Chapters

  1. Basics Of Learning

    What do we learn and how does learning occur? Explore the five elements of learning, the principles of adult learning, and more.

  2. Instructional Design Process For Effective Courses

    Explore an iterative process for eLearning development that allows for constant communication with stakeholders.

  3. eLearning Standards

    Learn about two important eLearning technical standards that help learners know “where they are and where they have been”, and ensure the quality of text, graphics, and visuals.

  4. Content Comprehension

    IDs need to comprehend content to include the right content in a course. Explore the 7 steps for effective content comprehension.

  5. Learning Objectives

    Learning objectives help decide the content, instructional method, course duration, and cost. Learn how to frame performance-based learning objectives.

  6. Content Presentation

    How much information is too much information? Explore the dos and don'ts of content chunking.

  7. ID Strategies

    Learn all about instructional design strategies - the components and popular types.

  8. Interactivities

    Get learners to interact with the course and become active participants using interactivities that make them think and do.

  9. Assessments

    Testing knowledge retention and giving feedback is important to reinforce learning. Explore different assessment types and formats to reinforce learning.

  10. Performance Support

    Help learners access information, right at their moment of need. Explore the ideal situations to offer performance support and the formats.

We need to first identify the learning objectives before designing an eLearning course, as they form the basis for deciding the content, instructional method, evaluation, course duration, and cost. Good learning objectives provided at the beginning of the course fulfill the adult learning principle. This is the learning principle that adults need in order to know why they should learn something.

Back in the day, the only methods used to initiate any type of training were the traditional classroom sessions, always led by an instructor. eLearning has come a long way in enhancing regular training sessions and has overcome many challenges. Instructional designers are tasked with developing eLearning courses that facilitate practical knowledge, all whilst not having an instructor present. What are the challenges companies face and the demands which need to be met to be able to realize an immaculate implementation?

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Christopher Pappas
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