Suite of Online Instructional Design modules to bridge the gap between “Theory” and “Application” – The journey of creating a suite of courses dedicated to best practices in Instructional Design.
Early in my career as the Head, Instructional Design for my company, I had challenges in getting access to training materials for my Instructional Design team that could provide short nuggets of theory that were easy to internalize and easy to apply. Specifically, I needed training material that carried information that my ID team could use quickly apply at work. Un-fortunately, we could not quite get this mandate fulfilled.
Last year, we embarked on the journey to create our own ProductLine series that could offer this value to Instructional Designers across the world. In this blog, I am sharing our journey and the outcomes. (We created a suite of 15 modules and launched it on June 30th’14).
Besides the pointers mentioned above, we added the following:
I am taking a Q&A approach to outline our journey on what we did and finally, how did we fare.
InSight is our productline of online tutorials (mobile enabled) that was launched to global audience in June’14. The first suite features 15 online modules for Instructional Designers. InSight runs seamlessly on tablets, smartphones, PCs and laptops and will be delivered through our LMS. It can also be deployed on any customer LMS.
We have built these modules with a focus on Instructional Designers (involved in eLearning and mobile learning). However, individuals who are outside of this field will also find many of the modules to be relevant and useful (most notably, the Project Managers and professionals involved in Solution Architecting).
Suite 1 of InSight is designed for a global audience and works for Instructional Designers at various skill levels. Additionally, it will be very useful for:
InSight products bridge the gap between “theory” and “application”. Each module features a distinct learning design. The series of modules are logically placed in 3 categories- Emerging trends, Theory and Application as shown here.
The theory is supplemented by scenarios, examples, and case studies that parallel the learner’s work environment.
Our first suite for Instructional Designers has the following distinctive aspects:
5. What is the development tool?
We have used Adobe CS6 with Create JS to develop these multi-device modules. The build has an auto-detect function enabling it to load Flash version for desktops/laptops and HTML5 version for tablets.
6. What’s the gain for the learners?
InSight’s series of modules gives Instructional Designers across the world ready to use information to build successful careers. With InSight, learners will quickly and efficiently apply the training material on the job.
7. Have we met the mandate?
We have received very positive and overwhelming response in the first week of the launch. This re-affirms our belief that every Instructional Designer across the globe will find something of value in these modules.
Here is a preview of our module on mLearning Essentials. I am sharing our approach and couple of screenshots.
1. Learning Mandate
Explore an emerging focus area “mobile-based learning” provide basic information regarding the medium and how it impacts Instructional Designers
2. Instructional Strategy
mLearning, being a relatively new medium, poses several questions for Instructional Designers and other professionals in the learning space about its possibilities, benefits, and challenges.
We have used these questions as a platform to create this module.
3. Our Solution
The Q&A approach helps in multiple ways:
The primary goal of the module on mLearning is to highlight how the transition from eLearning to the mobile medium is going to impact Instructional Designers.
Using specific questions and concerns about this uncharted territory as a thread, the module provides practical solutions, design considerations and best practices that will act as a reference point for the learners and help them design an actual mLearning module.
I look forward to your views, suggestions and any other feedback on this.
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