Instructional design is the practice of creating efficient, effective, and appealing instruction focusing on five major phases – Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Instructional design uses systematic approach, incorporates pedagogy, other learning theories, and integrates emerging technologies to enhance learning and teaching process.

ID Models: Dick & Carey and Rapid Prototyping are the two models that I have familiarized with and applied when designing a course and training program.

Dick and Carey

The model uses a systematic approach to focus on the interrelationship among context, content, learners, and instruction to bring about students’ learning outcomes.

(a) Identify Goals, (b) Conduct Instructional Analysis, (c) Analyze Learners & Contexts, (d) Write Performance Objectives, (e) Develop Assessment, (f) Develop Instructional Strategies, (g) Develop Instructional Materials, (h) Conduct Formative Evaluation, and (i) Conduct Summative Evaluation

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping model allows me to design an instruction through the process of verification of the design documents. The development occurs through the process of catching and analyzing problems while they are still easy to fix, regardless of the analysis that might have been applied up front. The model is very effective for the project that requires the existing training platform to be re-used, customized, and reconfigured according to clients’ requirements.

Technology in Education

Technology always plays an important role and has been the biggest influence in my career as an instructional designer. There are many technologies and computer software that I have been using to design and develop instructional materials and deliver the content.

  • E-Learning authoring tools: Adobe Authorware, Captivate, Articulate, AutoPlay Media Studio, Camtasia Studio, Relay, & SnagIt
  • Course Management System: eCollege, Sakai, & Moodle
  • Video Editing: Adobe Premiere, Encore, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Windows Live Movie Maker, & Sony Vegas
  • Audio Editing: Adobe Soundbooth, Audacity & GarageBand
  • Graphic and Animation: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, & Swish Max
  • Website Development: Adobe Dreamweaver & HTML
  • Content Management System: Wordpress, Joomla, & Drupal

Other technologies and software applications that I have experienced with are such as iTunes U for podcast sharing, Microsoft Producer for narrating PowerPoint presentations, Skype for video conferencing and screen sharing, and SmartBoard for interactive whiteboard and presentation.