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.

March 4, 2016

Why Instructional Designers Must Teach Innovative Thinking

Bill Gates made these pronouncements recently in an interview: 1) “Artificial Intelligence is on a faster learning curve than human intelligence.” 2) “Artificial Intelligence will lead to labor substitution (lobs losses) for the next twenty years.” 3) “Innovation is the key to solving all problems.” It’s hard to argue with Bill. So, let’s connect the dots. What is the relationship between Instructional Design and innovative thinking?
by Alex Terego
February 28, 2016

Knowledge Mining: Instructional Designers Note That Data Is Not Knowledge, Just As Crude Oil Is Not Rocket Fuel

Today’s employees are knowledge miners. Because data are just that – data. Data has no intrinsic meaning or usefulness. Like buried coal or oil, it is inert; it is static, useless to us. It does, however, have enormous potential. In fact it has incalculable possibilities. And that is where Instructional Designers can play a crucial role. Let me explain.
by Alex Terego
February 27, 2016

Gamifying Instructional Design With Learning Battle Cards

Gamification has always been in, but there was no one to call it the name it now boasts. Games engage our attention; make us feel a bit like kids. Even “serious” games drive us to compete with one another. Same thing with Learning Battle Cards, which are currently being launched globally.
by Piotr Peszko
February 17, 2016

How Health Behavior Theory Can Inform Instructional Design

Smoking, unhealthy eating, and excess drinking all represent risks to our long term health, yet they are commonplace in today’s society. These are just a few examples of common behaviors that are counterproductive to individuals’ long term health. Given this paradox, researchers have developed theories to attempt to explain these behaviors and how best to change them. One of these is the Health Behavior Theory (HBT).
by Adam Gavarkovs
February 10, 2016

Socrates: The Father Of Instructional Design And Still Pointing The Way

We have all heard the term "Socratic Inquiry". But what does it mean, what does it have to do with Instructional Design, and why is it still relevant today? I think it is safe to assume that answers to these questions only matter to those who are convinced that teaching and learning are important, which is just about everybody, so let me explain.
by Alex Terego
January 29, 2016

6 eLearning Best Practices

With the advent of eLearning the face of education as we know it has completely changed. Faster access to material, more sophisticated types of learning, and hands-on education are some of the advantages of eLearning. But behind each course, is a set of best practices that when followed leads to successful and engaging eLearning content. Let us take a look at 6 eLearning best practices.
by Shweta Iyer