Instructional Design

Learning Theory

Definition: Instructional Design is the art and science of creating an instructional environment and materials that will bring the learner from the state of not being able to accomplish certain tasks to the state of being able to accomplish those tasks. Instructional Design is based on theoretical and practical research in the areas of cognition, educational psychology, and problem solving.


Traditional Training Approaches: The traditional ISD model is also known as ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implement, Evaluate) and SAT (System Approach to Training). The Kirkpatrick model of training assessment. Other instructional design frameworks. History of learning and training.

Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial: This tutorial from Carleton College is designed to help instructors of undergraduate courses design or redesign a course syllabus which can be daunting task. Specifically, it provides systematic steps, advice, and resources for setting goals, designing the course, and follow through. Especially useful is the section of techniques to engage students in the classroom which can be adapted and used in nonprofit transformative capacity building.

Learning Theory