What is Instructional Design (ID)?
Instructional Design (ID) is a process using a systematic approach to plan a course of instruction (e.g., program, course, lesson, instructional material). In the past, the primary emphasis was often placed on the training rather than on the learning. Instructional design focuses on how the "learner learns" and adapts to different learning styles.
EARTh instructional designers use tools such as needs analysis and labor market research to examine the demand for current instruction, explore knowledge gaps and barriers to meeting that demand, and define what is needed to create optimal instruction and delivery. We help organizations develop a strategic plan to reach their instructional goals, design a framework for instruction, develop and implement instruction, and evaluate the effectiveness of the system.
Instructional design lays the groundwork before the training occurs. This helps the instructor or trainer to use a preplanned course or material as a basis for training. The instructor is then free to facilitate the learning process. An additional advantage to the ID process is that a course can be reproduced to be taught by multiple, qualified instructors.