Instructional Design for Mortals
Instructional Design for Mortals
About the Book
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I've been teaching technical topics to adults for more than two decades, and I've been writing and designing instructional materials for almost that long. Throughout the time, I always tried to learn more about how people learn, and how I could be a better and more effective teacher. It wasn't always easy, because apart from a great deal of trial-and-error, there weren't a lot of resources that I could comprehend or make use of. Too many books are either written by academics for academics, or by academics - in the most condescending tones possible - for mere mortals.
Well, this is the book I wish I'd had all those years ago, written by an actual mortal for other actual mortals. It's a plain-language, common-sense approach to instructional design and delivery that's backed by actual science, research, student feedback, and all that trial-and-error.
This concise volume takes everything I've learned and distilled about cognitive science, and applies it to the very real-world task of designing instructional materials for delivery to modern, intelligent adult learners. You'll learn how to combine your instructional materials with an effective, casual instructional approach that takes teachers off the pedestal and makes them facilitators and partners in the learning process. Best of all, you'll learn how to make learning less of an academic pursuit, and more of an everyday thing that anyone - and I do mean anyone - can excel at, no matter their level of expertise.
If you've read my book, Be the Master, and you want to dive deeper into designing and delivering knowledge and skills to colleagues, peers, and other adult learners, then this is the perfect book for you.
Table of Contents
- Let’s Define Instructional Design
- You Can’t Solve Learning
Part 1: How We Learn
- Why do We Learn?
- What is Learning?
- Making Memories
- Cracking the Filter
- Memory to Application
Part 2: Telling a Story
- Why Stories Work
- The Elements of a Good Story
- Recall and Relate
- Storytelling Checklist
Part 3: Nine Tricks for Learning
- 1. Lather, Rinse, Repeat
- 2. Don’t Pre-Order — Deliver
- 3. Experience the Problem Before Offering the Solution
- 4. Make Real-World Actually Real-World
- 5. Shut Up
- 6. Be Profound
- 7. And Now for the Top Ten
- 8. You’ve Got 30 Minutes to Make This Real
- 9. Don’t be Afraid to Be Glossy
Part 4: Constructionism
- A Non-Boring History of Constructionism
- Core Tenets of Constructionism
- Adult-Related Pitfalls of Constructionism
- Set the Stage
- Start Small
- Structured Sequences
- The Anatomy of a Project
Part 5: Nine Learning Killers
- 1. Overteach
- 2. Don’t Tell a Story
- 3. Forget to Level-Set
- 4. Wreck the Delivery
- 5. Leave Objectives Unstated
- 6. Ignore the Attention Span
- 7. Lose Touch
- 8. Train
- 9. Prevent Failure
Part 6: How I Design: a Case Study
- Outcomes: Terminal Objectives
- Unwinding Dependencies and Prerequisites
- Storyboarding, Chunking, and Finding the Arc
- Identifying Concepts and Analogies
- Trial Run
- Suggested Reading
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