How can we “do better” with instructional design?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Jessica Munkvold, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

With the advancement of technology in recent years, more people have turned to e-learning. Since this has become more popular in recent years, does this mean we need to have a design for these classes as well? The answer is yes! 

E-learning is an excellent option for everyone the cannot attend a traditional classroom setting or training session, but what do we need to keep in mind while designing these classes? One thing that needs to be remembered is there isn’t human interaction with these classes like there is in the traditional setting. As the instructor, the void must be filled by including in the course interactive elements such as simulations and case studies.

There isn’t one approach to facilitate learning in the e-learning setting. The key is to facilitate learning in an innovative way. Some different ways to facilitate the learning are story-telling or scenario-based learning. These types of strategies will help facilitate the learner with experiences that will help them in their lives.

This article is great for those that are new to creating an online course and need some advice on what they need to incorporate. It isn’t an old article, and it is very easy to understand. There may need to be a little more research on what each learning style is if you are not sure, but there are tables and diagrams included in this article. E-learning is becoming more prominent, and it is critical for the instructional design to be up to date with learning strategies.


Omer, A. H. (2016, November 15). Instructional design strategy: What is its role in eLearning design? Retrieved from

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