Process

Process

My practical and research experience has led me to believe strongly in a few ideas.

  1. Solid instructional design is the base of any good teaching. Good objectives, clear assessment, interesting examples, etc.
  2. Almost all instruction can be improved by adding multimedia, whether audio, images, or video. Research has shown using multimedia in specific ways improves learning.
  3. The more interesting or engaging the examples and approach, given solid instructional design and useful multimedia, the more likely learning is to happen.

These principles apply to face-to-face presentations, online tutorials, paper handouts, and everything in-between.

My instruction/tutorial development process:

  1. Gather materials from the content expert.
  2. Write an outline with rough content and order. Run this by the content expert. Make changes as needed.
  3. Write draft of content (text or script). Run this by the content expert. Make changes as needed.
  4. Produce the media (text/image or video). Run this by the content expert. Make changes as needed.
    1. If this includes video or audio, processes like multiple takes, editing, etc. come into play.
  5. Celebrate appropriately.

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