Instructional Design

Curricular and instructional design

The Importance of Instructional Design

Designing effective educational curriculum requires a true understanding of not only the course content, but also the different learning styles the participants possess. The days of publishing a book or manual and expecting a member of your organization to sit and learn the material have long past us. With so many different mediums of communication, it’s important that educators know how to reach their students. Curriculum must be designed with each individual user in mind, which leads to a blended learning method that incorporates the latest technology and proven engagement tactics. Your members, especially younger members, require stimulation on multiple levels to keep their attention and ensure the educational content is retained.

Plaid’s Instructional Design Philosophy

It’s important to understand effective instructional design in general. There are many frameworks, models, processes and theories about instructional design. To save you time, we’ve taken proven theory and best practice and incorporated it into our instructional design philosophy.

Plaid uses Adult (Malcom Knowles; Dorothy Mackeracher) and Transformative Learning (Jack Mezirow) Theories as a foundation for all of our training and development programs and instructional design projects. Plaid believes effective instructional design is systematic, iterative, and collaborative. Through our instructional design process,
we seek to answer four fundamental questions:

  1. For whom is the program developed? (i.e., characteristics of learners)
  2. What do you want the learners to learn or demonstrate? (i.e., objectives)
  3. How is the subject content or skill best learned? (i.e., instructional strategies)
  4. How do you determine the extent to which learning is achieved? (i.e., evaluation procedures)

Systematic. Interactive. Collaborative

Plaid offers professional consultation in traditional, online, and blended instructional design including but not limited to:

  • New member/employee education
  • Member/employee education
  • Leadership Development
  • Personal Development
  • Values & Ethics Training
  • Volunteer & Alumni Development
  • Career Training & Development
  • Relationship & Communication Education
  • Member Selection Education
  • New Hire Screening