Course Content Development: Instructional Design
Our team of Instructional Designers assist with the planning, development and publishing of your online courses and learning assets.
The instructional designer is the architect of your online training and is the key player in ensuring that your modules are relevant, accurate and effective in delivering your prescribed outcomes.
eLearning is not the same for all projects and we are experienced in building personalised online learning experience for your staff, contractors, clients and students. Personalised learning, where the information and the outcomes are authentic to your learners is the foundation of all of our projects.
Instructional Design for your e-Learning Courses
Our instructional designers can transform your existing training documents and presentations into effective online courses by abiding our course design principles. Our team has the capacity to translate your existing paper based resources into a suite of courses or can start from client briefings and create the course or courses from scratch.
The Instructional Design Principles in Building Interactive Online Courses
When developing your online courses, our instructional design team applies the following principles:
1. Make sure that you write the courses to suit the target audience. Ensure that the content, reader-level and use of multimedia are appropriate to the users. Understand the user’s education level, prior learning and course expectations.
2. Plan and publish specific learning objectives to outline the expectations in the course. In addition to the specific outcomes, the learning objectives should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Targeted to the audience.
3. Make sure that the course information is precise, relevant and contextual to the learner. In online courses, learners chunk blocks of text and on-page text should not extend beyond 150 words. Extended text areas should be added as downloadable documents that the learner can print and synthesis.
4. Provide different learning pathways to cater for the users learning style. Learning styles include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic styles. The use of optional voice over, embedded videos, animations, simulations and relevant images assist in building effective courses to cater for different learning styles.
5. Make sure that the learning stages that are added to multimedia storyboards (for the development of videos, animations and simulations) are sequential and allow the learner to engage with the media asset with controls and navigation menus.
6. Provide self-paced learning environments where the learner has control over their environment. Learners prefer to check their progress, select their own pathway through the content (not linear), try practice tests before formal assessment and generally to have control over their environment.
7. Provide formative and summative tests in a course. Formative allows the learner to understand how the formal assessment will work and trial questions that are not assessed provide confidence for the learner to attempt the tracked summative tests.
8. Provide the option to complete a pre-test that gauges knowledge and then builds a custom course that provides instruction and assessment in areas that are new to the learner.
9. Provide timely and relevant feedback to the learner in response to their progress and test performance.
Instructional Design and the ADDIE Process
Mediasphere provides clients with professional instructional design services to assist in the planning and development of online and blended learning courses. Our instructional designers use the foundations of the ADDIE Model to develop courses and resources.
The five ADDIE phases include Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The phases create a dynamic, flexible guideline for building effective training and e-Learning programs.
1. Analysis Phase
In the Analysis Phase, the instructional goals and learning objectives are established and the learner’s prior knowledge and skills are identified. Profiling questions in the analysis phase include:
1. What are the learning outcomes and the pedagogy
2. Are there learning constraints?
3. How is the content to be delivered?
4. What accessibility elements need to be considered?
5. What is the timeline for project?
2. Design Phase
The Design Phase conceptualises the project. The phase involves learning objectives, assessment tools, exercises, content, subject matter analysis, learning sequence and media asset selection. The design phase includes:
1. Documentation of the instructional design and technical framework
2. Application of the pedagogical philosophy that will underpin the learning
3. Creation of the storyboard for scope and sequence
4. Proofing and academic review and approval of the storyboard
5. Design the user interface and navigation structures
6. Development of the prototype
3. Development Phase
The Development Phase involves the creation of the learning objects or course based on the completed storyboards.
The developers create and assemble the content assets and the programmers build the functions and integrate the assets. Testers complete User Acceptance Testing and debugging occurs. Project variations are applied and the release occurs after approval.
4. Implementation Phase
The Implementation Phase involves the development of documentation, user guides and training manuals. The documentation covers the course curriculum, learning outcomes, navigation, assessment and learning tools.
5. Evaluation Phase
The Evaluation Phase consists of two parts: formative and summative. Formative evaluation is present in each stage of the ADDIE process. Summative evaluation consists of tests designed for domain specific criterion referenced items and provides opportunities for feedback from the users.
How Our Instructional Designers Can Help
We work on a wide range of eLearning Projects and our instructional designers can assist you on your next project in a range of roles which include:
- eLearning Consultant
- eLearning Partner
- Instructional Design Writer
- Online course and content development
- SCORM course development
Contact Us to Discuss Your Instructional Design Project
Contact our Content Development Team on 1300 787 611 or +61 7 5555 0180 or email us to discuss your next animation project. We can assist with ideas and concepts to help guide the planning stages of your project.