Instructional Design Blog Posts

An Instructional Design Primer

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Much has been written in this forum about instructional design; however, for some followers, the primary concepts and principles of instructional design may yet be relatively new. The goal of this post is to provide a little history and a few highlights about the practice of instructional design with an emphasis on higher education.  

Introducing the Learning Lounge Podcast

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At Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction, we design and develop learning experiences for students and clients all over the world.

Why is it Difficult to Measure the ROI of a Training Program?

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Many organizations spend a lot of money to provide training programs to improve their performance in today’s competitive environment. Since investment in training programs has been increasing, upper management wants to justify the actual costs and benefits of training programs for their various stakeholders.

Why Study Human Performance Technology?

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In this blog post and accompanying video, Dr. Joel Gardner explains his perspective on why Human Performance Technology (HPT) is critical for learning professionals, including instructional designers.

Baby Steps Toward Sleep: Using Instructional Design in Everyday Life

As a mom to a little girl who will be turning one shortly, I’ve realized that I’ve quite suddenly become a teacher of basic life skills for her – how to eat, how to go to sleep, how to walk, etc. I started considering applying instructional design to my teaching strategy, especially the concept of “chunking” learning.

Quantifying Creativity: A Left-Brain Approach to Learning Objectives

Lately I have been thinking more about how to present and explain, in a different way, something that is very close to my instructional designer heart—the process of writing learning objectives (a subject about which I have written a couple of times in this blog).

Tips for Effective Collaboration with Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are critical members of any course design team. The question is: how can you, as the designer, best partner with the SME to create an effective learning experience for students?

How Much Work to Assign in our Courses?

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No matter what type of course we are designing, we have to keep in mind how much time we are expecting learners to spend. When thinking about time expectations, there are a number of things to consider, beginning with the expectation set by those who are asking for the course or training module.

Graduate Assistant Experience at the Institute - An Interview with Amie Tope

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During this interview, Amie talks about her experience working as a graduate assistant for the International Institute for Innovative Instruction (the Institute), and offers suggestions for future graduate assistants.  

Bridging Learners and Clients: Challenges and Strategies

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Integrating clients into the curriculum is promising and potentially innovative.  A client-based course emphasizes a pedagogical orientation to gain real-word experience through meeting the “expressed needs” from the outside of the classroom.