In-house DIY e-learning and rapid development mean that training managers and subject matter experts (among others) have to put on an e-learning design hat from time to time.
Great e-learning isn’t about eye-catching graphics and technical wizardry. Those things can be wonderfully engaging, but they’re the bells and whistles. Underneath all that, you’ve got to have sound content and an effective learning strategy. And that hinges on excellent instructional design.
As a linguist and literature graduate, I don’t believe you need a degree in instructional design or IT psychology or anything else in particular to do this well. Instructional design isn’t easy (if it was, there’d be no such thing as bad e-learning), but the basics can be taught and easily adopted.
Earlier this week I presented a webinar for IITT members setting out my top tips for excellent instructional design. This beginners’ guide provides some basic building blocks to help training managers or subject matter experts wear their new instructional design hats with confidence!
What do you think? What tips would you add for instructional design beginners? What do you wish you’d known about e-learning design when you first started out?