How do instructional design stages help us understand online teaching?

The framework of ISD is the bones of a solid online design and as with any good online class, gives the designer and the builder the structure to form their creative ideas around and limiting the number of trial and error attempts at building an effective course.  I like the team building approach and would love to have a builder, fluent in the art and craft of web design putting the nuts and bolts were they need to be, so to speak.  “A highly functioning team can produce quality, rigorous courses that are effective for supporting learners in reaching learning objectives” (Morrison,2012).I know that as I design a course, I have the experience to understand the educational pedagogy, but lack the knowledge to implement the vision that I might have for a particular course.  “A course is effective to the degree that it accomplishes what it sets out to accomplish.
It is efficient to the degree it accomplishes its purpose with the least motion (Landau, 2001).

If I hope to build a user-friendly course that is efficient and accomplishes the tasks with the least motion, I fully anticipate that with my lack of technological experience, my evaluation and my re-designing process is going to be most important and I cannot be satisfied with an awkward, but functional online course.  Everything needs to point back to solid, well-developed objectives because “it is the statement of learning objectives that enables the development of an evaluation plan that outlines how the course will be assessed and how learning will be measured Moore, 2012).

I can see clearly why “many academics resist the discipline and the supervision implied in working in a systems way. However there is very little doubt that there is a direct relationship between the time and effort put into the Instructional Systems Design and the ultimate quality of the distance education program” (Moore,2012).   Those of us at that stage of our careers more often than not arrived there by driving forward in isolation, living in our own heads and accomplishing much independently from outside forces that either tended to distract us or caused a deviation in our belief systems.

Landau, V. (2001). Developing an Effective Online Course. Retrieved October 4, 2016, from

Moore, M. G. (2012). Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning, 3rd Edition. [VitalSource Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from

Morrison, D. (2013, June 5). How to Apply a Team Based Approach to Online Course Design [Web log post]. Retrieved October 4, 2016, from


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