Instructional Design

Instructional Design, or Instructional Systems Design is the systematic development of designing and developing learning experiences that are engaging and promote knowledge retention.

 

The topic includes Pedagogy, that is how children learn, and Andragogy, that is how adults learn. This web page focuses on the later. To read more about Adult Learning theory, or Andragogy ,click here.

Which Path is for Me?

The best way to decide where you want to go with your Instructional Design career (or what focus you want to choose) is to focus on your personality and natural abilities. Then look at the skills you will need to develop in order to become proficient in that area.

Research has found that if we focus on our inert strengths as apposed to focusing on improving our weaknesses we are several times more satisfied with out work. (Rath)
This idea is explored further in the book
 Strengthfinders 2.0, it includes access to an online assessment that will identify your natural strengths.

Look at the chart below to help you explore a few of the options within the Instructional Design field. To read more about skills vs. abilities click here.