Instructional design is an exciting course that teaches you the essential skills to systematically address instructional problems and develop instructional solutions thatare timely and effective. "Instructional Design" is probably the
most central course in the Instructional and Performance Technology (IPT) curriculum. The importance and depth of this subject could argue convincingly for coverage over more than asingle semester. In the brief time we will spend together youwill learn and practice the skills to conduct instructional
design at most phases of the process.
By the end of the course you will be able to: (1) apply the main principles and concepts of instructional design to develop simple instruction; (2) systematically design instruction to address several different types of learning; and (3) draw from learning theory in developing appropriate instruction for learners in your organizational context.
The knowledge and skills gained in this course will enable you to develop effective instruction in a variety of content areas, with different types of learners, and in various milieus. This course will give you a good start in developing more advanced skills as you expand your instructional design repertoire.
I have chosen the simple ADDIE instructional design model as an organizing framework for the MERLOT materials that I added to this collection. Its components are Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.
This is an open source textbook which covers most of the instructional design activities and issues presented in this course. It provides an overview and support of the ADDIE model from which each of the other MERLOT resouces in this collection.
This resource addresses one important "Analysis" in the ADDIE model, that of audience analysis. Making materials accessible to persons of all abilities and learning styles is essential.
This site on classroom teaching strategies addresses ad component of the "Development" part of the ADDIE model. Once our design is in place, we need instructional strategies to convey our objectives effectively to students.