After teaching in college classrooms for twenty years (twelve of those years online), I have identified 7 Learning Design Principles that can help anyone make smart decisions when designing and creating online learning courses.

  • The process of instructional design should be systematic.
  • Evidence-based learning designs show, scaffold and sustain.
  • Responsive design makes information available just-in-time.
  • Instructional design decisions should be learning centered.
  • Interleaved practice of new skills with new learning sticks.
  • Repeated messages are learned.
  • The process of instructional design should be iterative.

In this video I explain all 7 in 7 minutes.

Much of the content of this video is also available in an earlier blog post, Instructional Design Basics for Online Learning, where I also highlighted the importance of integrated learning opportunities.

In order to meet the needs of learners, instructors, administrators and institutions in authentic learning environments, instructional designers must ensure that learning tools and activities can be easily integrated with existing practices and resources. This requires ecological thinking, working back and forth between innovative learning goals and institutional and instrumental parameters. It is also important to consider the lifestyles of learners and consider how to make the learning environment accessible and flexible for their habits.

If you like the slides in the video, check out the easy, free or cheap tool I used to create them- Canva.