Instructional Design Principles That Work

Over time we’ve found that digital learning initiatives are most effective when based on research proven instructional design principles.  Rooted in psychology, instructional design refers to the practice of maximizing the appeal of instruction by focusing on the needs of the learner and on the end objective.

There are quite a few instructional design models.  The ADDIE model relies on five phases – Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation – to build training and support tools.  Rapid Prototyping is an iterative instructional design process in which instructional methods are evaluated and modified throughout the project.  Yet another model is Wiggins & McTighe’s Backward Design which promotes planning all learning experiences with the final assessment in mind.  There are a variety of other models that can be noted as well if you would like additional info on instructional design models.

Though more a suggestion on how to design an online course (just one aspect of e-learning), this interview with Richard Culatta is a good introduction on how to approach online learning design.