What is Instructional Design?

what is instructional design

Instructional design is the practice of systematically designing, developing and delivering learning experiences. The intended result is the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These learning experiences could include online courses, instructional manuals, video tutorials, learning simulations, quizzes, and games. Instructional designers are considered the “architects” of the learning experience and often serve as directors and […]

Is Continuous Improvement Possible in Learning Design?

One of the pain points of building courses is obsoletion: just as you hit the “Publish” button, the clock is counting down to the point at which the information delivered in the course becomes outdated or irrelevant. Thankfully for instructional designers and L&D managers, learning management systems and authoring tools include dynamic “editing” features that allow content […]

How to leverage employees to effectively develop training content

leverage employees to effectively develop training content

In the case you want to expand on what topics you offer to employees for training programs, you may want to set up an internal crowdsourcing campaign and leverage subject matter experts.  Here are a few suggestions on how to get started: Streamline your idea/intake process If you want to be innovative and capture new […]

Improve the ROI of your Training Development Efforts

Recent L&D Reports in corporate training state that only a third of business organizations feel as if their training programs meet expected results. And this means that over 60% of the organizations fail to generate any significant return on investment from the training they provide to employees and partners. As such, if you are planning […]

Why Writing Learning Objectives Are Critical to Instructional Design

We all need objectives for our projects. Learning objectives are basically the essence of your course’s goal, as they describe what you want your learners to achieve after completing it. Therefore, when the learning objectives for learning projects are unclear — or worse, generic — so is the purpose of your online course. Your learners will […]

5 Ways to Leverage Stakeholders in the Instructional Design Process

When it comes to stakeholders in the instructional design process, many learning professionals consider the needs of only two groups: subject matter experts and themselves. There are many others involved in the learning project development process whose input is equally vital. Clearly it makes sense to focus intensely on the subject matter experts (SMEs) since these individuals […]

The Importance of a Learning Blueprint Design

Instructional designers often keep to proven, academic-based design principles. But the project management side of design is just as impactful when it comes to the creation of effective learning programs. Many of the pain points and bottlenecks that occur during training design can be traced back to ineffective project management during the front end development […]

Tips on How to Ramp SMEs in the Instructional Design Process

Subject matter experts (SMEs) and instructional designers can often misunderstand each other’s intentions when working together on learning projects. Find common ground and create a process that works for everyone.  One of biggest challenges we hear from learning and development leaders is working with SMEs to build courses. As organizations’ learning needs proliferate and technical and […]