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If you’re reading this, you know that online course design is tricky. While there are numerous online training tools available, it’s nearly impossible to pick one that works best for your organization. Let’s be honest, every new training course presents its own unique set of challenges and nuances, so there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all instructional design tool that works!
At The Bob Pike Group, we’ve outlined four steps that should be applied to every single instructional design process.
Along with utilizing these steps, being familiar with foundational principles behind instructional design can also help you create more effective online learning experiences. This is where the instructional design models come in.
Instructional design models help you create learning experiences that offer real-world value to your participants. In other words, you'll have a firm grasp on how the mind absorbs, assimilates, and retains information. Again, there’s no one-size-fits-all. The choice is yours to find which of these models best suits your training situation! Here’s a quick summary of four popular models:
Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate: These equate to five phases instructional designers should apply while designing instructional materials. The linear structure of this model is useful as it helps instructors know what action they need to take before moving to the next.
is to encourage higher-order thought in participants while building up from lower-level skills. There are six levels of cognitive learning in this step-by-step framework. The simplest is at the bottom and the deepest, most complex is at the top.
Merrill’s five principles are focused on task-based learning. Its foundation lies in the thought that effective learning experiences are rooted in problem-solving. Learners must actively engage with the content to fully grasp the info and be able to apply it in the real world.
Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction is based on a behaviorist approach to learning. As each step is completed, learners are much more likely to stay engaged and retain the information or skills they’re being taught.
Incorporating the four design steps above with an instructional design model will ensure an optimal training experience for you and your participants! At The Bob Pike Group, we like to help trainers like you navigate through the sea of instructional design tools and methods. We provide consulting and workshops that give professional trainers the keys to successful Instructional Design. Be sure to check them out here!