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.

July 11, 2014

Flow-control in eLearning. From here to where?

A critical piece in efficiency of an eLearning lesson or an eLearning course is the flow control. Do you let your learners choose their own path to learning - potentially missing out on key information in the process? Or do you dictate the steps- sacrificing flexibility for the visibility of the learning path?
by Garima Gupta
May 26, 2014

21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers

We, like many out there, are of the view that, though most learning designers possess good levels of skills around the traditional training (formal learning) area, their skill levels fall short around the informal or social learning areas. This is mainly because designing informal and social learning experiences for workplaces demands a diverse and unique set of qualities. Today, while we are in the midst of up-skilling our learning designers, we set out on a quick journey to revisit our most precious resources on this subject in order to see how to leverage these in our up-skilling exercise. Read on...
by Ravi Pratap Singh
April 24, 2014

5 Instructional Design Traps to Avoid

Excellent e-Learning is built on solid instructional design decisions. But for those of us without the budgetary luxury of an in-house instructional designer, tackling instructional design is sometimes easier said than done. 

by Stephanie Ivec
March 5, 2014

Don’t Pick Sides, Create an ADDIE-Agile Mashup

Over the vast countryside in the kingdom of Instructional Design a mist of uncertainty has fallen over many of the loyal subjects residing there. Conversations can be overheard discussing whether Queen ADDIE should stay on the throne or if an Agile usurper like SAM would be a more effective monarch. With all of this uncertainty several are even considering the viability of a Constitutional Monarchy creating a model government where both ADDIE and Agile can play important and functional roles.

by Travis Thurston
February 7, 2014

7 Common Instructional Design Pitfalls in E-learning Storyboards

Storyboard writing is a core skill that all e-learning instructional designers must master. Yet there are common pitfalls that pop up frequently - both for newbies and seasoned instructional designers. Get these valuable tips for improving your e-learning storyboards: your team, your client, and - especially - your reviewer will thank you!

by Catherine Davis
July 25, 2013

5 Ways To Prevent Information Overload In eLearning Courses

Employees deal with large amounts of information every day. They likely check email, social media, and RSS feeds daily, as well as take in everything happening on the job. It’s easy to burn out with so much to take in. Avoiding information overload is helpful in personal life and is also an important consideration in elearning courses.
by Kate Cornelius
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