What is Instructional Design

I have tried to explain some of the learning theories that we as instructional designers use today to define, create, and improve our courses. I feel that having a good grasp of how these theories fit into our ID world today gives us a better perspective of how we should go forward with creating courses.

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Creating Aesthetically Pleasing Courses

All of us at some point in time have used PowerPoint. However, I am sure that sometimes we just overdid it – don’t believe me, […]

1 – Laying the Colored Foundations

It’s all about colors and the power that colors hold over us! Colors can elicit strong emotional reactions from people. Just thinking about lush green […]

Inspire Learners to Learn

What makes something tick? What makes us follow our gut or instinct rather than logic and reasoning? It is the limbic part of the brain […]

Gardner's Multiple IntelligenceTheory

Introduction “An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are valued withinone or more cultural settings.” -- Howard E. Gardner, Frames of Mind […]

Gagné - Conditions of Learning and Classification of Learning Outcomes

Introduction In my Learning Theories article, there was a particular question we were interested in - "how can I design a course that will help learners achieve their […]

Gagné - Nine Events of Instruction

Introduction I have already discussed two of the three elements comprising Gagné's theory - conditions of learning and domains of learning outcomes. Now, I will discuss […]

Schemas, Assimilation and Accommodation

Taking off from where I left in the previous post, we were asking ourselves, “how does a learner store all the information that I provide […]

The Cognitive Load Theory

This theory was proposed by John Sweller. Lets begin with a small exercise, (similar to the one illustrated by Mr Howard Soloman at http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/cognitive-load.html). Take […]

Thorndike and Behaviorism

Edward Lee Thorndike(1874-1949) based all his assumptions and formulated his theories based on creating a connection between two variables – stimulus and response (S-R). He […]

Pavlov and Behaviorism

Behavior in simple terms is the visible attitude of a person. A good behavior is often rewarded whereas a bad behavior is often punished. It […]

Social Constructivism

This was a concept that was expounded by post-revolutionary Soviet psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. As with individual constructivism, social constructivism also believes that a learner constructs […]

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