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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)
Instructional Design Tips and Strategies
New tips and strategies are developed continuously by online educators and researchers from around the world. We will update you regularly with the latest techniques and research. To keep current on the latest instructional design topics, please visit our blog, Design. Technology. Learning. We will archive the tips and strategies in our Library of Online Teaching and Design Strategies.
Steps to Developing an Online Course for WebCT
Ready to put your course online? Click here to follow these steps in preparing your course to be taught online in WebCT.
Accessibility and Online Course Design
To help ensure that your online courses are accessible to all students--those with and without disabilities, we have compiled some universal design principles and web accessibility guidelines. The university has established procedures for providing academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For detailed information, please refer to the ADA Accommodations page.Accessibility Guidelines for Online Course Design (PDF)
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