We've met several eLearning creators who shun the concept of instructional design. They claim that their courses are just fine as is because there are plenty of instances in which the learner is given the opportunity to "do something" on the screen; this may be in the form of clicking a hotspot or answering a simple true/false question.
eLearning instructional layout is the process of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some "intervention" to assist in the transition.
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In simpler terms, it is a learning blueprint. This blueprint is used to guide the learner and help them focus on the relevant course material.
It is used to keep the learner interested in the course by explaining why the material is important and how it will help them perform their job more effectively.
We won't get into the specifics of instructional design; there are hundreds of methodologies. I will just say the instructional design, in any form, is better than none at all.
Don't get me wrong; design alone does not make an effective online course. The eLearning developer is crucial in creating a user-friendly look and feel and implementing scenarios and quizzes. I'm just suggesting that the two should work hand in hand to create the most effective learning possible.