Introduction to Instructional Design for eLearning

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In this lesson

  • you will learn the basic concept of Instructional design.
  • You will learn how to define what is instructional design, how many types of instructional design.
  • You will learn how to define what is learning
  • You will learn what is e-learning
  • You will learn how to differ learning and e-learning
  • You will learn basic requirement of Instructional Design for developing an e-learning content.


At the end of this lesson, learners will be able to :

  1. Define Instructional Design and to describe the types of Instructional design.
  2. Evaluate what is learning, and what is e-learning.
  3. Differ between learning and e-learning
  4. Establish relationship between basic requirement in Instructional design to develop an e-learning content.


The Term Instructional Design describes methodic and simplified use of instruction principles to ensure that learners acquire knowledge and skill necessary for successful completion of specific functioning goals.

Instructional design comprises the practices of arranging communication technology like ICT, media and content to help learners and teachers transmit knowledge most effectively.

Types of Instructional Design

While developing instructional design, it is very much important to remember that the lessons need the physical presence of instructors or the lessons only targets learners to understand themselves. There are two types of Instructional design:

  1. Instructor-led
  2. Learner-led.

What is learning

Learning means receiving information through the senses and learning means acquiring knowledge. Learning is the process of receiving knowledge or skill through study, experience.

Learning Situation

Learning is acquiring knowledge or skill in the following situations:

  1. by experience.
  2. by study.
  3. by being taught.
  4. by creative thought.
  5. by teaching other.

What is e-Learning

e-Learning means learning using electronic devices. This learning process is flexible and supports for human resource development in accelerated speed and costs less money involvemnent than the other learning systems.

e-Learning involves comprehensive processes such as Web based learning, computer based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. It uses Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, and CD-ROM.