My practical and research experience has led me to believe strongly in a few ideas.
- Solid instructional design is the base of any good teaching. Good objectives, clear assessment, interesting examples, etc.
- Almost all instruction can be improved by adding multimedia, whether audio, images, or video. Research has shown using multimedia in specific ways improves learning.
- 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:
- Gather materials from the content expert.
- Write an outline with rough content and order. Run this by the content expert. Make changes as needed.
- Write draft of content (text or script). Run this by the content expert. Make changes as needed.
- Produce the media (text/image or video). Run this by the content expert. Make changes as needed.
- If this includes video or audio, processes like multiple takes, editing, etc. come into play.
- Celebrate appropriately.