Instructional Design for Learning

Theoretical Foundations

This textbook on Instructional Design for Learning is a must for all education and teaching students and specialists. It provides a comprehensive overview about the theoretical foundations of the various models of Instructional Design and Technology from its very beginning to the most recent approaches. It elaborates Instructional Design (ID) as a science of educational planning. The book expands on this general understanding of ID and presents an up-to-date perspective on the theories and models for the creation of detailed and precise blueprints for effective instruction. It integrates different theoretical aspects and practical approaches, such as conceptual ID models, technology-based ID, and research-based ID. In doing so, this book takes a multi-perspective view on the questions that are central for professional ID: How to analyze the relevant characteristics of the learner and the environment? How to create precise goals and adequate instruments of assessment? How to design classroom and technology-supported learning environments? How to ensure effective teaching and learning by employing formative and summative evaluation? Furthermore, this book presents empirical findings on the processes that enable effective instructional designing. Finally, this book demonstrates two different fields of application by addressing ID for teaching and learning at secondary schools and colleges, as well as for higher education.

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"I feel that this is an ideal textbook for the graduate student and educators new to this field. But one may ask, given that many textbooks on ID have been published, why is it that this book is of particular interest and use? The answer lies in the professional background of the authors. Thanks to its succinct wording and apt writing style, the book brings the field of instructional design into a clear and novel light, describing theories and models in an engaging and accessible way. Explaining such a complex series of topics in a book less than 250 pages-long is no easy task. Every time a concept pops up, a detailed interpretation is soon to follow. What’s more, this book includes many visuals in illustrating concepts and models, which adds to its appeal. (…) This book provides an extensive overview about the theoretical foundations of the various models of ID and technology and makes a valuable contribution to the field. This book would be of particular use to academics, instructors and practitioners." - Lunju Chen (2019) Instructional Design for Learning. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 24: 519-522.
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