What’s so important about instructional design?

As our institution moves more toward a culture of open pedagogy, I have seen a significant need for our faculty to receive more training and development in instructional design. Our faculty are exceptional as content matter experts, but they may not know how to effectively design a course around those open materials, in a way that is logical for their learners. We are trying to provide our learners with a more cost effective solution to higher education, but our instructors really need some guidance in developing the design skills. What we have seen with our venture into the use of open education resources, is that the content must be organised in a modular way so that the learners have that added layer of structure – the reading material and open resources organised with the assessments that measure learner progress toward learning outcomes.

 

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