A new day, a better way: Best practices in instructional design and ELearning

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

Instructional design in an eLearning setting is an important step in the process of developing online courses and programs. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of instructional design. She also addresses those who believe that instructional design

isn’t relevant in online courses. She believes that the ID process can be summarized in three principles that are the foundation of course development: Analyze, Develop/select and Implement. The article was based upon the idea of instructional design providing structure to the course production process of eLearning. The other describes how creating online courses is a difficult process to complete especially when it comes to converting face-to-face courses to online delivery methods.

In my current position, I deal entirely with eLearning courses. From working on training instructors on new platforms to deciding on how to deliver these courses and how to redeliver them, I think this was a great article and also very relevant. I felt the author and I spoke the same language. I don’t have experience with instructional designing of the courses but in the experience that I do have, I could see how instructional design is a great way to develop a course. I am all for having structure when producing. I recommend this article as a great article to present to someone who is new to the eLearning field. Someone who is in this field will probably have these thoughts several times in their career.


Morrison, D. (2013, May 7). Why online courses [really] need an instructional design strategy. Retrieved from: https://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/why-online-courses-really-need-an-instructional-design-strategy/


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