Fundamentals of Instructional Design

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Students will explore ways in which courses can be designed. Students will be introduced to the ADDIE design model and other design models that may work in other environments. Students will write instructional objectives and design a unit of instruction and assessments that support the instructional objects. Students will plan an evaluation of their instructional materials.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Getting Started

In this lesson we are going to look at how instructional design fits within the teaching/training realm. We are also going to take a first look at the instructional design process.

Lesson 2: Analysis

The Analysis step is the foundation of a well-designed course. Without it you may find yourself building a course that does not need building or worse: building a course that does not even solve the problem it was asked to.

We will be looking at three different types of analyses:

  • Performance - is training the correct solution?
  • Goal - what should the students be able to do after the training is complete?
  • Task - what are the steps a student must take to be able to reach the goal?
Lesson 3: Design

In this lesson we will take a look at the design of our course. While it might seem like this is the step where we get down to writing the course materials, it is actually still a planning phase and quite important to the final product. In the Design phase we will write objectives for our course, lessons and topics. We will begin the process of structuring our course by deciding what needs to be taught first or last. We will also take a look at who our learners might be and why they are taking the course and what they might know before the course begins. Then armed with that information we will write the prerequisites for our course.

Lesson 4: Develop

We finally get to the heart of developing a course - the part where we assemble the course content, prepare the practices and tests and get everything ready to present. Our course finally looks like a course. This is where we see that all the work we did up until now makes this process much easier.

Lesson 5: Implement

We are finally to the moment of truth! We have the instructional materials ready to go and we are almost set to teach. In this lesson we are going to make the final preparation for teaching. We will design our course procedures so that we can let the students know what they can expect from us. We will consider ways we can motivate students towards success. We will also look at ways we can effectively present our materials.

Lesson 6: Evaluation

We are down to the last, but certainly not the least important, step of the instructional design process - evaluating the course. Although this comes as the last step, you may have noticed that at each step we are evaluating the course against our original goal. And this is not a final step in that when you evaluate the course you are done. No! Evaluation is something that happens each and every time you teach the course.

Lesson 7: Other Views of Instructional Design

The ADDIE model of instructional design is probably the most well-known of the instructional design models but it is not the only model being used. In this lesson we will explore some other models that you may find more useful to your environment. Notice, however, that most of the models do include many of the same steps that the ADDIE model has and that the analyze and evaluate phases are present in nearly all of the models.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **