Based on Anastasia Mavraki’s webinar for Moodle Academy with the same title
The term instructional design refers to the systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, resources and evaluation.
In other words, an instructional designer is someone who creates learning experiences that lead to learners acquiring particular capabilities, which can go from simple recall of knowledge to cognitive strategies that allow a learner to find solutions to new problems within a field of study. Within e-learning, the instructional designer is an expert who facilitates how to use technology to support good pedagogy.
The principles of instructional design are universal and apply to all kinds of learning: from primary school to further education. In this blog, we look at how instructional design can be applied to online learning in workplaces or corporate training, as it is often termed.