Instructional Design

The concept of Instructional Design. Models, theories, trends, pitfalls, and anything you need to know, written from our Instructional Design experts.

May 4, 2013

3 Reasons Why Failing As Instructional Designers is OK and Encouraged

As Instructional Designers, we often want the courses we design to be perfect. Every student must have an equal experience, our faculty members should be able to do everything with the greatest of ease, and our courses should be the envy of every institution in the world! Well, it rarely works out that way, but that’s ok. In fact, I think as Instructional Designers, it is important to create a space where faculty members, students, and even IDs make mistakes and sometimes fail. Here’s why:

by Jeff DeSurra
March 27, 2013

Tell, Show, Do, Apply: The Anatomy Of Good Instruction

There are a lot of opinions about how to design quality instruction. New technologies, theories, and processes are continually created and touted as the next greatest thing for instructional designers. And while these new technologies can be powerful, there are a few key instructional strategies that must be implemented to maximize learning effectiveness.
by Joel Gardner, PhD
November 23, 2012

10 New Released Instructional Design Books

Are you involved in the instructional design field? I am sure that you have used ADDIE. What about SAM? Would you like to broaden your knowledge of the design of training programs? How you will design training and instructional design programs for older adults? What is the relationship between instructional design and online learning?

by Christopher Pappas
August 21, 2012

The Essence of Transformational Adult Learning

Abstract – The theory of transformative learning theory, first articulated by Mezirow and further refined in his later publications, is about change - dramatic, fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and the world (Mezirow and Taylor, 2009). In contrast, Knowles' model of andragogy focuses on the characteristics of the adult learner and his or her life situation (Knowles, Holton and Swanson, 2005). This article compares and contrasts the essence of Mezirow's transformational learning and Knowles' model of andragogy and provides supporting research evidence for each one. It also formulates an approach to the instructional design of learning for adults who are returning to school that incorporates appropriate concepts from these two theories.”

by Tim Stafford, MS MA