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The Essentials of Instructional Design

Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice, 4th Edition

By Abbie H. Brown, Timothy D. Green


264 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-10-04
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The Essentials of Instructional Design, 4th Edition, introduces the fundamental elements, principles, and practice of instructional design (ID) to students new to ID. Key procedures within the ID process—learner analysis, task analysis, needs analysis, developing goals and objectives, organizing instruction, developing instructional activities, assessing learner achievement, and evaluating the success of the instructional design—are covered comprehensively and enriched with descriptions and examples of how these procedures are accomplished using the best-known models.

Unlike most other ID books, The Essentials of Instructional Design provides an overview of the principles and practice of ID without placing emphasis on any one ID model. Offering the voices of instructional designers from a number of professional settings and providing real-life examples from across sectors, students learn how professional organizations put the various ID processes into practice. This revised edition features new activities, quizzes, and content on professional development.

Offering a variety of possible approaches for each step in the ID process and clearly explaining the strengths and challenges associated with each, this book prepares students with the information they need to make informed decisions as they design and develop instruction.

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Acknowledgements Part 1: Before you Begin Designing Instruction Chapter 1: The Discipline of Instructional Design Chapter 2: Understanding How People Think and Learn Part 2: Examining the situation – Needs, Task, and Learner Analysis Chapter 3: Needs Analysis Chapter 4: Task Analysis Chapter 5: Analyzing Learners Part 3: Creating Instruction – Planning, Designing, and Implementing the Intervention Chapter 6: Instructional Goals and Objectives Chapter 7: Organizing Instruction Chapter 8: Learning Environments and Instructional Activities Part 4: Evaluation – Determining the Effect of the Intervention Chapter 9: Evaluating Learner Achievement Chapter 10: Determining the Success of the Instructional Design Product and Process Part 5: Media Production – Managing the Media Development Process Chapter 11: Instructional Media Production Management Chapter 12: Visual Design for Instructional Media Part 6: Looking Forward – An Evolving Field; A Growing Profession Chapter 13: Exploration, Innovation and Evolution Index

About the Authors

Abbie H. Brown is Professor of Instructional Technology at East Carolina University, USA. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the AECT journal TechTrends and is a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Timothy D. Green is Professor of Educational Technology at California State University, Fullerton, USA, and previously served as the Director of Distance Education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning
EDUCATION / Classroom Management