Instructional Design VS Visual Design

How to Use Instructional Design To Improve Your Current Teaching Model

Ah yes, let’s talk about design, shall we?

We designers examine why people react the way they do to certain topics and strategize a way to capture somebody’s initial curiosity. It’s our job to prolong the experience with said topic again and again. And our approach, while involving graphics, imagery, and typography, is different with instructional design.

How does Instructional Design Differ from Visual Design?

While most genres of visual design focus on aesthetic planning, instructional design focuses on the invisible function of learning and what it takes to develop a successful and strategic educational experience.

Instructional design differs from other forms of design because it marries education, psychology, and communication to create the most output from various learning materials. If you sit in a classroom and wonder why all of a sudden you find Canadian History so stimulating when you resented learning it in the past, it may have something to do with the flow and delivery of the content. Maybe it looks different. Maybe the presentation visually relates to you. That’s a sign of good instructional design.

What’s the Goal of Instructional Design?

Instead of going through chronological events and listing off facts, turning Canadian history into a complex and rich narrative increases our capacity to absorb the material and make it relatable. As a result, the subject becomes compelling to learn, and to teach. No matter what the material is, the goal is to generate and hold interest.

With that said, here are some things to consider when thinking about instructional design to improve your current teaching material.

Instructional Design: Step by Step Infographic

Instructional Design Step by Step chart designed by Enable Education, leaders in learning experience design.

Teaching that resonates is impactful; instructional design gives educators the bandwidth and tools to create meaningful and thoughtful material. Let’s use design to make purposeful revisions. By doing so, we can assure our teaching systems are helping our learners better absorb crucial information.

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