6 steps of a highly effective instructional design process

We work with an instructional design process that allows us to deliver great products to our clients. Instructional design is the practice of designing, developing and delivering instructional products and experiences.

Our designed from scratch products are highly specialized learning instruments that tackle high-impact issues. For example, products we designed were: trainings, workshops, assessments, solution labs, game based learning activities, etc. You name it, we build it.

Our development process is based on design thinking. As such it puts the users at the heart of each step. Also, design thinking uses elements like empathy and experimentation to discover innovative solutions. Having an experience in managing diverse types of projects, we took the best practices and improved the 6 steps instructional design process.

The 6 steps instructional design process:

instructional design process
Instructional design process

1. Empathizing – analysing requirements

We gather real data from relevant sources in order to create a product that solves a highly specific issue. For internal projects of clients, we discuss with the decision makers but also with the people that will benefit from the instruction. We gather up our team and make sure we have every needed role covered.

Roles of our instructional design dream team

  • Project manager
  • Instructional designer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Researcher
  • Graphic designer
  • Also can include: budget expert, IT specialist, communication specialist

Questions to answer at this stage of the process:

  • What is the scope, timeline and cost of the project?
  • Who are the beneficiaries? What are their profiles, roles, tasks?  
  • What are the things already in practice that fulfil a similar scope?

2. Defining

We make sure we have identified the right problem to fix and estimate the impact of our solution. In this step, we analyse context, we observe extreme and mainstream users, and we implement a method called “the 3 step synthesis”.

Questions to answer at this stage of the process:

  • Is the problem really the problem?
  • How can we reach the objective?

3. Ideating

Our design team comes up with both creative and suitable methods of delivery. We get the answer to the question: How do we solve the problem?

Checklist we use for choosing the best method:

  • Does it help solve the participants’ problem?
  • Does it sustain the learning objectives?
  • Is it fun and engaging?
  • Does it constantly give participants something to do?
  • Is it easy to understand for the target audience?
  • Does it make the users want to engage with the content, the facilitator and the materials?
  • Is it inclusive (helps the majority of users be active)?
  • Is it deployable with relative ease?
  • Is it gender neutral, politically correct, non-offensive?

4. Prototyping

We create rough prototypes in order to quickly gather feedback and build the product iteratively.

Questions to answer at this stage of the process:

  • Is the concept: viable, feasible and desirable?
  • Are experts on board with it?
  • Are end-users satisfied with it? What do we need to improve?
  • How can we integrate the received feedback?

5. Final version

A high-quality final version of the product is created and tested along with all materials.

Questions to answer at this stage of the process:

  • Do we have all needed materials developed and designed?
  • Is everything clear and does it cover all objectives?

6. Transfer

The intellectual property rights are transferred to you and we train your personnel on how to use the product.

During the implementation, we revise and evaluate in practice the product. We improve on spot everything that is not on point as early specified.

Feedback and direct interaction with the client and the beneficiaries is present at all stages.  

Contact me if you want to see our process in practice or just learn more about what we do.

Solver is a premium brand and everything we produce is of the highest possible quality. This sometimes requires time and effort, but in the end it’s always worth it. Also, we trust the instructional design process that allowed us so far to deliver great products.

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