Instructional Design Basics

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2018 - March 28, 2018

Jennifer De Vries

BlueStreak Learning

People get into eLearning from a variety of professions. Some were subject matter experts or trainers; others had focused their careers on media or web development. At some point, though, someone asked or encouraged them to develop eLearning. So, they bought and learned to use an authoring tool, but they likely weren’t given much background on instructional design techniques and how these can help them build better eLearning.

During this session, you’ll get a solid introduction to the core basics of instructional design. Participants will define what quality eLearning experiences are like by reviewing self-paced courses and discussing likes and dislikes. Then, you’ll look at how using instructional design principles and processes improves quality, ROI, user satisfaction, and success rates. You’ll explore how needs assessments can help you know what your audience needs, and you’ll plan your own needs assessment approach. You’ll also build your skills by learning to write measurable behavioral objectives based on your needs assessments; see examples of course design documents and storyboards; and receive a list of resources that can help you continue to grow your eLearning skills after the session.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the differences between high- and low-quality eLearning
  • Why following instructional design processes and principles improves success
  • What ADDIE is, and what the stages of this common instructional design process are
  • How to develop a needs assessment approach that helps you avoid common eLearning pitfalls
  • How to write behavioral objectives that lead to measurable results
  • What the process of designing, storyboarding, and producing eLearning looks like
  • How to implement and evaluate eLearning
  • About skill sets needed for developing high-quality eLearning, and how to obtain them


Novice designers and developers, as well as subject matter experts, media specialists, and trainers.

Technology discussed in this session:

This tool-agnostic session will show courses that have been developed in Articulate Studio, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora, and Udutu.


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