What is Instructional Design?
An Instructional Designer designs the instructional materials, like an architect designs a building. The Subject Matter Expert (SME) is one who is familiar with the instructional content, and who provides the building materials to the architect to design the building accordingly.
The ADDIE model is one of the first instructional design models, and is popular because it's simple, easy to use and flexible. Following this model can help you understand the process of developing learning content.
During analysis, the designer develops a clear understanding of the "gaps" between the desired outcomes or objectives, and the audience's existing knowledge and skills. The design phase documents specific learning objectives, assessment instruments, exercises, and content. The actual creation of learning materials is completed in the development phase. During implementation, these materials are delivered or distributed to the student/learner group. After delivery, the effectiveness of the learning materials is evaluated and assessed.
The process is cyclic in nature. Depending on the situation, the designer may start from any stage of the ADDIE model and build on previous outcomes, and the five stages may intertwine with each other.
How Can Our Instructional Designer Help Me?
Department Trainers and Subject Matter Experts
If you are:
- Currently training face-to-face and would like to move the training online
- Updating existing online training materials
- Creating new training materials from scratch
- Considering new approaches in the design and development of training materials
Na Wu, Instructional Designer
UW 133F (Victoria Campus)
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