Is it True that Less Instructional Design May Result In More Learning?
How could it be possible that less instructional design may result in more learning? Sometimes, less is more when it comes to adult learning.
The Four Typical Instructional Design Steps
Once clear business and learning outcomes have been identified, most instructional designers follow four age-old steps to make a corporate training session happen:
“Right” vs. “Wrong” Instructional Design
Done right, this instructional design approach can be accomplished quickly and effectively. Done wrong, this old-school instructional design approach can take weeks, if not months, and miss the true business needs while disengaging participants.
Taking a Learner-Led Approach to Instructional Design
An Instructional Design Example
Here’s one simple example of how this learner-led approach can be applied.
This learner-led instructional design approach means:
The idea is to engage your participants to create and learn with each other. It is just one approach to faster, cheaper and better instructional design.
The Bottom Line
To mitigate risks and stay on point, we recommend giving learners partial-design responsibility within an overall design construct rather than the total-design responsibility. So next time someone asks if less instructional design may result in more learning, tell them Yes! There is a better way.
To learn more about learner-led instructional design principles, download Faster, Better and Cheaper Instructional Design Best Practices
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