Designing for success: Improving retention of learning through the method of loci

The goal of Instructional Design is to achieve specific behavioral outcomes; because of training, the trainee can now complete a learned task and/or demonstrate learned knowledge.  Instructional designers spend hours analyzing the needs of the organization and its learners, designing training plans, developing materials, implementing training, and evaluating results to accomplish this objective.  Unfortunately, even … Continue reading Designing for success: Improving retention of learning through the method of loci

The Journey of Instructional Design Begins with a Single Step

Many instructional designers use the ADDIE model to design, develop, and deliver high-quality instructional materials.  ADDIE consists of a 5-phase process: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.  It can be depicted as a straight-line process, as shown here (Piskurich, 2015): However, a more accurate depiction of ADDIE is as a cyclic process, as shown here … Continue reading The Journey of Instructional Design Begins with a Single Step

Learner Motivation and Instructional Design

The topic of learning has been a central focus of the field of psychology since its genesis as an independent area of scientific inquiry (De Houwer, Barnes-Holmes, & Moores, 2013).  Attempts to formally define learning have resulted in several characterizations.  Gagne defines learning as “a change in human disposition or capability that persists over a … Continue reading Learner Motivation and Instructional Design