Instructional Design (ID) is a powerful tool, and it’s not just for instructional designers. ID is an approach that helps e-learning developers, trainers, and (of course!) instructional designers create effective and efficient learning experiences for learners of all ages.
In this article, we'll look at some of the ways ID is important for anyone who’s creating learning content.
ID Makes Learning Efficient
Information is easy to access—after all, it’s just a Google away. But there’s a difference between accessing info and understanding it in a way that helps you improve at your job.
When you learn something on your own, with little or no instruction, you spend a lot of time sifting through extraneous information. Wouldn’t it be easier if someone did that for you, so you could skip ahead to the important stuff? Instructional designers help streamline and structure information in a way that makes it easy to learn and incorporate into your day-to-day life.
ID Makes Learning Engaging
If you want to teach someone to make tea, you can simply list the different steps to effectively communicate the process. However, that approach won’t engage learners in a way that helps them internalize the information. Wouldn’t it be more fun and effective to reframe those steps into an activity that lets you explore tea-making and learn from your missteps?
ID focuses on the learner’s experience, and on how to make it stimulating, memorable, and true-to-life.
ID Impacts the Bottom Line
ID is especially critical for developers who are creating e-learning. Implementing an ID approach helps you avoid boring “click next” courses—not interactive at all! Adding instructional design to your process helps you create the interactive learning environment learners crave.
By bringing the important information to the forefront and presenting it to the learner in an order that makes sense to them, your training courses will be more efficient, resulting in less wasted time—and in business, time is money, so you’re saving that too. Creating more engaging courses will ensure people actually pay attention and retain the new knowledge or skills they learn, making training a worthwhile investment.
Still not convinced that instructional design is critical? Check out this discussion to learn more reasons why it’s important.
Looking for more e-learning basics? Look no further!
- What Is E-Learning?
- What Is Instructional Design?
- What Is an LMS?
- E-Book: E-Learning for Beginners
- Article Series: Practical Instructional Design How-Tos
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