Instructional and Learning Theories

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 […]