Topics in instructional design

Topics in Instructional Design

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Pick a topic and write an article for our competition

Here are some suggestions for a topic for the Student Outreach article-writing competition. You may email if you want to have another topic pre-approved, or if you have any other questions about the competition.


  • Task analysis
  • Needs assessment
  • Gathering or analyzing prerequisite knowledge
  • Developing a learner profile
  • Adult learning theories
  • Learning styles
  • Cultural considerations in the development of training
  • Learning environments
  • Identifying prerequisites
  • Determining skill hierarchies
  • Performance analysis (i.e., high-level analysis of the need for training)
  • Blended learning



  • Facilitating vs teaching


  • Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of instruction
  • Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model


  • Principles of writing objectives
  • Principles of writing assessments
  • Performance objectives
  • Instructional methods
  • Assessment methods
  • Best practices in designing instructional material
  • Ensuring the transfer of learning
  • Engaging the reluctant learner
  • Holistic vs. atomistic design of learning
  • Writing use-level assessments
  • Providing feedback to questions in e-learning
  • Designing exploratory learning



  • Instructional Management Systems
  • LMS
  • LCMS

The Profession of ID

  • ID as an emerging profession
  • ID as a science
  • ID as a discipline
  • ID as an art form
  • ID as a process


  • Best practices for developing job aids
  • Instructional strategies
  • Developing simulations as training tools
  • Effectiveness of simulations in training
  • Use of simulations in medical training
  • Storyboarding
  • David Merrill’s content performance matrix
  • Gagne’s outcomes of instruction
  • Cultural considerations in the development of training
  • Using games in ID
  • Social media and ID
  • Developing instructor-led training
  • Use of media in e-learning
  • Visual design of e-learning pieces
  • Pros and cons of certification testing
  • Rapid ID/Rapid Prototyping
  • Blended learning

Theories and Models

  • ARCS model of ID
  • Competency models
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Gagne’s nine events of instruction
  • David Merrill’s content performance matrix
  • Gagne’s outcomes of instruction
  • Adult learning theories
  • Models of ID
  • Distributed learning
  • Flipped Classroom