Thinking Visually for Instructional Design

For my first blog post with NAU’s Learning & Professional Development team, I deconstructed a lengthy definition of Instructional Design that I’ve kept tucked away at each desk I’ve occupied during my career. Included with that definition are what I’m calling “inspirational nuggets” about Instructional Design.

Lately I have been thinking about this simple idea: Think Visually

I’m not an artist, but I understand and appreciate the need for good design, especially when it comes to online training. Think about how close your audience is to the content you created. When your audience is inches away from the screen, you can’t take visuals for granted.

There are so many elements to consider, so let’s go in chronological order. I like to keep scratch paper nearby, so when I need to figure something out, I can scribble away whenever I need. I use plain scratch paper for chunking out content or drawing out a potential branched scenario.

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