An introduction to designing for online learning

Instructional design

Instructional design is the process of creating instructional experiences that make the learning of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective and engaging. 

It involves identifying both the current knowledge of the learner and the end goal, then creating learning experiences to bridge the gap. There are a number of instructional design models but many are based on the ADDIE model (analyse, design, develop, implement, evaluate). Online authoring platforms fit into the design and development steps of the instructional design process.

Characteristics of adult learners

When you're designing material, it's important to understand how adults learn best. Knowles (1984) identified five assumptions about the characteristics of adult learners and used these to identify four principles of adult learning.

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