What is Learning Design?
Learning Design is the process of designing, developing, and delivering instructional materials and learning experiences in the form of face to face training, online learning, eLearning, and blended learning methods. We also use proven pedagogical theories and practices to inform our Learning Design practices. At DLD, our team of Instructional Designers use a systematic approach to Learning Design using the ADDIE model to inform their process. You can learn more about the this learning design process on our ADDIE model page.
The importance of Learning Design is to to design learning material that is innovative and experiences to address learning needs. We use a learner-centred approach to ensure the learner is at the forefront of our development throughout the entire process. Our Instructional Designers use what they know about adult learner behaviours, habits and preferences in today’s workplace to inform their digital learning design process and create effective solutions. For example, we know that today people are often busy, on the go and carry devices with them from location to location. Our team at DLD can design and develop learning resources and flexible training options that can be accessed in any place and time, such as bite-sized eLearning courses that can be accessed on their mobile phone.
Instructional Design, Learning Design and even Educational Design are terms that are often used interchangeably. Educational Design generally indicates that the individual holds formal training in learning and teaching as well as current knowledge of the Learning Sciences.
Within universities Educational Design and Learning Design do have some differences. Educational Designers will often work on multiple projects on a wide range of subjects which requires them to have a more broad range on knowledge, whereas, Learning Designers will often work on one project at a time, allowing them to focus on one subject in detail.
An Instructional Designer’s duties more closely coincides with that of a Learning Designer.
Visit the Educational Design, Learning Design and Instructional Design page to read more about this topic.
At DLD, the steps of Learning Design that our Instructional Designers follow are informed by the ADDIE model. The ADDIE model is comprised of five steps that can be followed to ensure the structured development of instructional materials and experiences. The five steps are Analyse, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. Each of these steps provide a systematic approach for Instructional Designers to ensure an optimal product is delivered to the client.
Step 1: Analyse the learning needs and business objectives
Step 2: Design what the learning experience will look like end-to-end
Step 3: Develop the instructional materials with review and feedback from stakeholders
Step 4: Implement the program and provide support to facilitators
Step 5: Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the training program
Visit The Instructional Design Method page to learn more about our approach.
A type of learning experiences can include face to face, also known as, facilitator-led training, whereby the learners are in a classroom and the training is being conducted by an appointed trainer. Another type of learning experiences can be online learning which may require the learners and trainer to log on to a virtual meeting platform and participate in training over webcam. ELearning is a type of learning experience requiring learners to log on to an LMS to access self-paced eLearning modules and assessments. Lastly, blended learning can be a combination of two or more elements of the aforementioned types of learning experiences, for example, a training program may comprise of both online elements and face to face workshops.