What to Teach and Options for How to Teach It
Instructional Design involves purposeful and systematic planning of a course (or components of a course). It is a process that begins with an analysis of the intended student learning outcomes, identifies teaching strategies and student activities to enable students' achievement of the outcomes, and ends with the development of multiple methods to assess whether and to what extent the outcomes were achieved. As noted, the process includes the development of instructional materials, activities, assessments, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and delivery. The process utilizes research on how students learn, best practices in teaching and learning, and guiding principles of instructional design practice. Much like carpenters with a large collection of tools and resources, the faculty and instructional designer collaborate in building a course or components of a course that will affect deep and positive student learning.
How Does It Work?
Instructional design focuses on the integration of three key elements: