Instructional Design Best Practices

The most thorough collection of Instructional Design Best Practices, presented by our top Instructional Design authors. Important information, tips, trends, new ideas and examples. Click to read our articles.

February 10, 2017

Revising The ATD Competency Model

In this short article, I would like to suggest a few refinements to the original 2013 ATD Competency Model as the last 4 years brought about comprehensive changes to the profession altering Learning and Development work environment and required skill set.
by Eran Gal
February 1, 2017

From Memex To HyperCard

HyperCard was an important tool for eLearning at the birth of the Apple Macintosh computer. But before there was HyperCard, there was Vannevar Bush’s Memex.
by Bill Ferster
January 19, 2017

ADDIE Vs. Backward Design: Which One, When, And Why?

Opinion is divided between which of the two popular Instructional Design models is ideal for developing an online course. Both have their pros and cons, and it is quite likely that one of the two is better than the other in a specific situation. This articles explores the ADDIE vs. Backward Design dilemma.
by Partha Bhattacharya
January 9, 2017

12 Learning Building Blocks We Can, And Should, Use

When we think of custom eLearning, we tend to believe that everything should be developed from the ground up. It doesn’t have to be. Learning building blocks and templates can be incredibly useful in ensuring that key elements don’t get missed out in the scramble to create a completely customized experience for the audience.
by Srividya Kumar
December 30, 2016

Leveraging Diversity

Diversity is the key to evolution. And all organisms and all organizations must continuously evolve or perish. Here as some strategies for leveraging diversity.
by Alex Terego
December 26, 2016

4 Best Practices To Use Animation For Training

There’s no denying that motion graphic videos and animations are an attractive tool for Instructional Designers to use in both online and instructor-led training. They’re an increasingly popular go-to for improving engagement or motivating learners. But is using animation for training always the best option?
by Blake Beus