Instructional design: what it is, what's wrong with it, how to do it right

“What is Instructional Design?”

It’s exactly what the name describes; the process of designing instruction. Every class you’ve taken, every sign with a stick-lady or a stick-man on it, every OH&S meeting with day-old donuts and instant coffee you’ve snoozed through, has been designed by someone. That someone is the Instructional Designer.

The fact that you just thought, “wow, that all sounds so pointless” is why Instructional Design is due for an overhaul. Any good class you’ve ever had is probably an anomaly. For the most part, we’re all just waiting for any class, any company training, any TED talk over 3 minutes, to end. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, so I sat down with Yarno’s own Instructional Designer, Joel Smith. Joel and I talked about how ineffectual traditional Instructional Design is, and why it doesn’t have to be that way.

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