What is Instructional Design? 

Instructional design is a process that applies instructional theory and best practices to the development of learning experiences. It involves analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the content used in instruction. In today’s digital age, much of this content is now developed for online delivery. So what exactly is online instructional design? Let’s take a closer look. 

At its core, online instructional design (OID) is a specific type of instructional design that focuses on the delivery of instruction through digital channels. It involves taking traditional instructional design strategies and applying them in an online environment. This includes tasks such as creating content, designing activities and assessments, selecting media and technology, and more. 

The aim of OID is to create effective learning experiences that are engaging and tailored specifically for the digital medium. For example, rather than relying solely on text-based lessons or lectures delivered via video conferencing software, OID takes advantage of the wide range of tools available to create interactive learning experiences that tap into learners' existing knowledge bases while also allowing them to explore new material in meaningful ways. 

For example, a course designer might use videos to introduce new concepts and then embed quizzes throughout the course to allow learners to demonstrate their understanding of those concepts before moving on to the next topic. Additionally, they may also include discussion boards or other collaborative activities so that learners can interact with each other as well as with their instructor.  

The Benefits Of Online Instructional Design 

In addition to making instruction more engaging for learners, there are several other benefits associated with using OID in your course development process: 

Increased scalability

One benefit of OID is its ability to scale up quickly without sacrificing quality. With traditional instruction methods like face-to-face classes or workshops limited by physical space considerations, OID can help you reach larger audiences—without having to invest extra resources into things like renting additional classrooms or hiring additional instructors/facilitators. 

Cost savings

Moving instruction online eliminates many costs associated with physical classrooms or other traditional forms of instruction (e.g., travel expenses). Additionally, since much of the content created for an OID course can be reused in future courses (e.g., videos or graphics), there are often significant cost savings over time compared with traditional methods where all new materials must be created from scratch each time a course is offered again. • Improved accessibility: By delivering content digitally rather than through physical means (such as printed materials), you make it easier for people who may not have access to physical locations (due to geographical distance or disability) still have access to high-quality educational opportunities regardless of their location or abilities.   

In summary, online instructional design offers numerous benefits both for learners and course designers alike—including increased scalability at lower costs while also improving accessibility for people who may not have access to traditional forms of instruction due its geographical distance or disability limitations . By taking advantage of these benefits—as well as exploring new ways of creating engaging learning experiences for your audience—you can ensure that your online courses are successful in achieving their desired outcomes while also providing value for all involved parties!