The instructional design process is the collection of steps you take in order to create an educational program. Although the names of the steps may be different, most instructional designers follow the same process.
First, an instructional designer determines the goals of the program. She must figure out what participants should be able to do when they have completed the course.
The design phase includes the creation of outlines and storyboards as well as the writing of training content and materials. This phase also includes the development of online delivery methods and the creation of grading and evaluation procedures.
A pilot is a “test run” of the training program. Here, a small sample group of the audience will take the course and provide feedback.
After the pilot, designers can take participants’ feedback and use it to make appropriate revisions.
The delivery phase is when the course or program is administered to the entire target audience. This may be when the designer opens an online course or delivers a classroom educational program.
The final step in the instructional design process is the evaluation of participants, in terms of what they learned and their overall feedback on the program and its effectiveness.