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“Instructional Systems Design (ISD) is an organized procedure that includes the steps of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating instruction”(Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 31). Within the application of this definition, ‘design’ is interpreted at both a macro- and micro-level in that it describes the systems approach and is a step within the systems approach. The importance of process, as opposed to product, is emphasized in ISD.
1.1.1 Analyzing: process of defining what is to be learned and the context in
which it is to be learned.
1.1.2 Designing: process of specifying how it is to be learned.
1.1.3 Developing: process of authoring and producing the instructional
materials.
1.1.4 Implementing: actually using the materials and strategies in context.
1.1.5 Evaluating: process of determining the adequacy of the instruction.

Instructional Design Project

One class that I took this semester is EDTECH 503: Instructional Design.  The final project was to create a instructional design project.  I chose to create tutorials for two different e-readers, the Nook and the Kindle.  I first thought that this was like creating a lesson plan and teaching the materials.  I have realized over the last few months that though instructional design is similar to creating lesson plans, it has much more detail and research going into it.

I have learned so much from doing this.  It stretched me beyond what I thought I could do and showed me that I can work outside the box.  The hardest part was giving the guide to the instructor and having the instructor present the material.  This is the biggest difference between writing a lesson plan and writing an instructor’s guide.  As I watched the instructor present the material I kept thinking of ways that I would have done it differently; yet, in the end the tutorials were wonderful and it turned out fine even without me being the one to present the tutorials.

I am grateful for the final product and am so pleased with how everything turned out, even if at times I was pulling out my hair and just wanting to cry.

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