Instructional Design in Higher Education. APRIL 2016
A report on the role, workflow, and experience of instructional designers.
Learning — to some it is the sound of chalk on blackboards,
the search through stacks of scribbled notes, and backpacks
full of heavy textbooks. For others with a less traditional
lens, learning is the summoning of professors with a click
of a mouse, assignments no longer living on paper, but in a
cloud, and the ‘classroom’ being everywhere. Education has
changed considerably in recent years and we don’t expect it
to slow down anytime soon.
Because of the advancement of technology, institutions
are able to reach more students than ever with the help of
quality and accessible online courses. ‘eLearning’, ‘distance
education’, ‘blended learning’, ‘online campuses,’ and other
related programs have grown more prominent in higher
education institutions. According to NCES data, there were
5.5 million students enrolled in distance education courses at
degree-granting postsecondary institutions in fall of 2013.