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Why Instructional Design is Crucial for eLearning?


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  • Instructional design (ID) is essential for elearning and involves designing and developing instructional experiences for learners.
  • ID helps learners retain knowledge by incorporating visuals like images, charts, and infographics, which the human brain recalls better than text.
  • Good instructional design engages learners by analyzing their needs, motivations, and retention abilities to create relevant and appealing learning activities.
  • User experience (UX) is crucial in elearning, as a better UX design increases learner engagement and helps them achieve the course's goals.
  • Effective instructional design communicates messages directly to learners and ensures that the right message is conveyed through a well-crafted story.
  • Inspiring instructional designs motivate learners to take action and go beyond their expected achievements.
  • Proper instructional design training, like the elearning and instructional design for beginners community, can help create engaging training courses.
  • The Harper method is a structured instructional design process shared in the community, which includes weekly live watch parties for Q&A and networking.
  • This community aims to help new instructional designers and course creators become masters in the field without returning to school, offering comprehensive knowledge for building successful elearning courses.



Instructional design, or ID is one of the most vital aspects of elearning and without it elearning would just be text on a screen. Instructional design is the systematic practice of designing and developing instructional experiences. similar to those of instructors. Idea is meant to aid and deliver a better learning experience for learners. Instructional Design is a rewarding and satisfying career. Not to mention the ever growing need for qualified instructional designers in this digital age. Instructional Designers are integral and necessary to the success in the eLearning space. The process usually involves knowing the learners what they need, and assisting them by delivering engaging and effective training that meets their requirements. Now I'm going to talk about five reasons why instructional design matters in elearning. Number one, good instructional design helps learners retain knowledge. No doubt good instructional design helps guide learners toward achieving the learning goals of a course. But apart from that, it also helps them to acquire and retain knowledge. The way visual graphics are presented in an online course can have a great impact on learners retaining ability, it can help the learners connect the information to prior mental strategies of learning. Research has it that the human brain tends to recall information more often through images, charts and infographics than through text. Therefore, integrating infographics, images and videos into your elearning can help retain knowledge. Number two, good instructional design makes learners engaged. One of the roles of an instructional designer is to make a thorough analysis of their learners before creating their online courses. This enables them to create learning activities that are relevant, engaging and appealing to the learners. Also, a designer's understanding of their learners, or target audience is essential in order to know what motivates them to learn as well as retention abilities. This will help them to know exactly what kind of learning design that suits the learners needs. Hence, using their skills to create an engaging learning experience. Number three, a good user experience contributes to the achievement of the learning goals. One of the most important aspects of instructional design to consider during custom ELearning Development is the user experience or UX. It defines how accessible an elearning course is. And this has a direct impact on the learners level of engagement. A better UX design is vital in elearning, as learners tend to lose the main goal of the course if it's not engaging. Also, with a bad UX design, learners tend to be distracted from achieving the aim of the course. For instance, not properly choosing a compelling color for your design will end up distracting and confusing the learners. Number four, good instructional design helps communicate messages. One thing about good instructional design is its ability to communicate a message perfectly and directly to learners. Good instructional design is more than just decorations. It involves effective communication, which helps learners to achieve learning goals. designs are great if the mind is put in action with good intentions and choices. However, that is not enough as there must also be a story behind every design. The story together with a good design ensures that you're passing the right message across to your learners. All in all, every instructional designer should have good intentions. For example, either changing the learners behavior, educating them or something else. Number five good instructional designs trigger learners to take action. One of the reasons why good design matters in elearning is because it helps to inspire learners to act and achieve more than expected. So the role of the designer is to come up with inspiring designs that help motivate the learners to acquire more knowledge. Inspiring designs can be difficult, however, you can achieve them if you have a better understanding of your learners. Instructional design is very essential and learning and without it, there would be no engagement, only text. Also, nothing beats having your learners stay engaged throughout your course and achieving your learning goal. One secret to engaging your learners is by analyzing them to know what they need, and by putting nice designs in place to meet the requirements. Getting the proper instructional design training, like and the elearning and instructional design for beginners community will help you save time and money to create engaging training for your learners. The community will teach you everything that I learned while obtaining my master's degree. All the courses and training videos are compiled from the knowledge that I received at the University of Central Florida, as well as all the experience I've gained thereafter. And it's all placed into an organized format so that you can always find what you're looking for. I call this instructional design process the Harper method. In addition, you'll also join weekly live watch parties on Facebook, where you'll get a chance to ask me questions live as well as hanging out with fellow community members. Remember, you will succeed faster if you surround yourself with other new instructional designers and course creators. The community was created to help other professionals who are new to elearning and instructional design become masters in the field without having to return to school. Imagine having all the knowledge that you need to build an elearning course from start to finish and build a solid foundation for a successful career and instructional design.


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