Instructional Design and Content Creation — The Chalkboard Education Way

What is instructional design?

Instructional design is the development of instructional materials by considering the ways students learn and how to deliver learning materials and techniques in a way that best suits them.

The Magic Triangle of Instructional Design

There is a sweet spot between learning considerations and making instructional design effective. This spot is often called the “Magic Triangle of Learning.”

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Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Learning Assessments

Instructional Frameworks

A popular instructional framework is ADDIE, an acronym for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Using these pointers helps develop courses.

Analysis

The next step involves analyzing existing learning material before creating a course to understand what the learning environment is like and the knowledge and skill levels of the students. At Chalkboard Education, we send out a survey before we create our community courses to understand what kinds of material the target audience wants to learn. Another way we carry out this analysis at Chalkboard Education is through observation, by observing what people are currently following and the trending topics. These aid in setting out the learning objectives of the course.

Design

This part focuses on selecting the learning objectives, learning assessments, the content of the course, and how it will be delivered. At Chalkboard Education, once topics are chosen for a particular lesson, the next step is breaking it down into readable modules, which will make the subject easier to understand. Then, the team researches for information on the subject matter using credible and relevant sources.

Example of a course module layout

Development

This section deals with creating and assembling the assets chosen in the Design Process. It also includes an iterative process of testing that these design elements are good to go. Still using Chalkboard Education as an example, to make the courses more interactive, there is the use of images, GIFs, drop-down menus, and other interactive features, making the design more engaging. Before we roll it out to the general public, several tests are done in-house with users, and based on feedback; iterations are made.

The development process

Implementation

This stage focuses on ensuring that the learning material lands in the hands of the intended users. At Chalkboard Education, interested users can access the courses free through the web and mobile applications.

Evaluation

After students have used the software to learn, the effectiveness of the modules needs to be analyzed. Chalkboard Education incorporates feedback surveys into its instructional design during and after each course. This feedback helps the courses’ developers improve on new and existing lessons to ensure they best suit the target audience.

Conclusion

Instructional design is highly beneficial in course creation and ensuring learners learn in ways that best suit them. When creating a course using instructional design, developers must establish the “magic triangle” is formed. They must find the intersection of developing learning objectives, learning activities, and assessments.

About Chalkboard Education

Chalkboard Education provides a mobile-based, offline-first Learning Management System tailored for underserved communities' training. Lightweight, inclusive, and complete with full analytics capabilities, Chalkboard Education helps you reach your beneficiaries everywhere in the World, seamlessly. Currently used in 12+ countries in Africa, South and North America, Chalkboard Education is available worldwide.

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