Introduction to instructional design

Sample Syllabus

Introduction to Instructional Design Syllabus – Fall 2020

Textbooks I Use/Have Used

Design for Learning: Principles, Processes, and Praxis, edited by Jason K. McDonald and Richard E. West

Design For How People Learn, by Julie Dirksen

Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work, by Nigel Cross

An Architectural Approach to Instructional Design, by Andrew S. Gibbons

The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World (2nd ed.), by Harold G. Nelson and Erik Stolterman



Understanding your audience

Needs analysis



Design processes

Problem framing

Learning goals

Content and task analysis

Topic analysis

Procedure analysis

Critical incident analysis

Generating lots of ideas


Measuring student learning

Holistic design

Being an instructional designer


Critical incident analysis

Empathy map

Environment and needs analysis

Ideas for instructional activities

Ideas for learning measurements

Ideas from instructional strategies

Ideas from precedent

Learner analysis

Learning goals


Planning instructional activities

Problem framing

Procedure analysis

Testing prototypes

Topic analysis


Content analysis rubric

Environmental and needs analysis rubric

Final project rubric

Idea generation rubric

Learning goals rubric

Persona rubric

Problem framing rubric

Prototype rubric

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