The Luxury of Instructional Design March 2, 2011Posted by Eric Matas in Theory.
Tags: eLearning, InstructionalDesign
It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. – James Thurber
You hear about the next training project you and your team have to manage. What questions come to mind? After questions about the main content, you’ll probably have questions about time, people and money.
- How long do you have to prep the course?
- How long should the course be?
- Who is the audience?
- What’s the budget?
These and other logistical questions help frame your strategy for making the course. They are crucial questions, even part of many trainers’ tool kit for analysis–the ‘A’ in ADDIE. ADDIE is widely used and tauted, but following ADDIE often leads to a fatalistic unanticipated side-effect: focusing on performance outcomes and writing learning objectives to get there means working backwards from the end, and the end causes worry. Side-effect: anxiety.
- Will we get done in time?
- Will everything we plan actually work?
- Should we just use the same materials as last time?
Wondering whether or not you can put it all together can stop you from putting it all together. Or, it makes you focus less on design and more on implementation. With deadlines and resource constraints, you need to get some ducks in a row:
- Can you really afford the luxury of instructional design?
No way. Not this time. We need to have a course ready for when the class shows up or logs on. We’ll look like idiots if we don’t look prepared or if our elearning doesn’t work.
Does this happen?
How about this: someone thinks about the learners and the learning they need. Someone takes a moment to imagine a learner after training, out on the front lines of life, where they need to know those vital nuggets of their training, and where success and sales either happen or do not. If you are someone who thinks of that, then maybe you have asked this question:
- Can you afford to forget about instructional design?
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. – Dr. Seuss