Instructional Design & Technology as a Dynamic Capability

OL and IDT

I find it almost impossible to discuss Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) without having conversations about organizational learning and dynamic capabilities. Having the ability to reconfigure competencies when the environment changes is a major concern of business leaders in maintaining competitive advantage. IDT should be part of the firm’s portfolio of dynamic capabilities since it is about […]

The Ideal ID Candidate


What is the ideal candidate for a leadership position on an instructional design or curriculum development team? Better yet, who is the best fit for the position? ASTD and ISPI both have certifications relative to the field of instructional design & technology. There are other competency models (e.g. you can use in defining position […]

What is an instructional method?


I was recently asked what is an instructional method. This is an incredibly important question especially in higher education where most faculty are experts in their field but have little to no formal instructional-design education or instructional-design experience. Reigeluth (1999) defines an instructional-design theory (i.e. model) as “a theory that offers explicit guidance on how […]

Instructional Theory versus Learning Theory

Instructional-Design Theory

In Instructional-Design Theories and Models: A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory, Vol II, Reigeluth proposes that instructional-design theory (also called instructional theory) is separate and distinct from learning theory. Instructional theory “offers explicit guidance on how to help people learn and develop.” Learning theory is typically a descriptive theory; it explains how people learn. Instructional theory is […]

Simple Videos with Windows Movie Maker

6-3-2013 1-29-19 PM Spliting

There are some pretty sophisticated video editors you can purchase or download as open-source free applications. But for learning content I find that I can quickly produce good quality videos when I need to upload something just-in-time for my students. We can actually do this live with embedded tools in Canvas which is the learning […]

Simple Podcasting with Audacity

5-31-2013 7-36-32 AM Zoom

I am starting to use podcasts more and more in my online courses.  I still enjoy writing and creating presentations but I am finding that the additional media can really help in fully curating a topic. For example, a written course page on being successful in online learning is pretty boring even with graphics. So […]

Transitions & Transformations

Moving Blog

A lot of transitions are happening right about now. We just moved our blog to our own website – (Applied Instructional Design & Technology). The previous blog posts are now here and we will be shutting down the old site in about 30 days. Another major transition is happening at Avila University where we […]

Dissimilar Learning

Air Combat

The Air Force enacted dissimilar air combat training shortly after the Vietnam war. Prior to this, pilots learned combat maneuvers against each other in various flight training courses. But at some point they have to practice and adapt these techniques against enemy aircraft and techniques that they are not familiar with. So there are advanced training programs […]

The Field of LMS Design

LMS Types

About 17 years ago I created a simple website for my dissertation. I took a document and organized it into a web to study how hyper-linked text documents affect online student learning. Graphical browsers were just  coming on the scene but for my study I only used text which seemed appropriate for the time. No […]