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Instructional Design

 
 This is straight from the Capella Web Site at http://www.capella.edu/idol/index.aspx

Instructional Design for Online Learning

The focus of the Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL) program is the design of effective instruction. It requires a balance of instructional design, psychology of learning, and technology. The program focus is not on how to teach online, but how to design instructional experiences that are interesting and engaging, and will enable learners to accomplish specific learning objectives.

The MS program in IDOL emphasizes the practical skills necessary for being an instructional designer. The PhD program in IDOL emphasizes research, theory, and leadership skills.

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is a systematic process for creating instructional materials and learning activities to meet the needs of learners in a particular target group. The process includes assessing the need for instruction, analyzing the characteristics of the learners, determining the instructional objectives, creating the assessment, developing the instructional materials and activities, trying out the materials to see how effective they are, making revisions, and, finally, implementing and maintaining the instruction.

Instructional designers translate general principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials and learning activities. They make use of learning theory, communication theory, and technology to create the best solution to a training or educational problem.

The focus of instructional design is the design of effective instruction.

It requires a balance of instructional design, psychology of learning, and technology.

Instructional design is NOT about teaching.

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