What Is Instructional Design?

"In short, instructional design is the systematic process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered. The terms instructional design, instructional technology, learning experience (LX) design, educational technology, curriculum design, and instructional systems design (ISD), are often used interchangeably" (Instructional Design Central).

Instructional Systems Design is the theoretical underpinning of the field, while cognition and learning theory also contribute to the theoretical base. IDT is a systematic field, focusing on product, process, and environment.

The following short video, What Does an Instructional Designer Do?, provides further insights into the professional life of an instructional designer.

What Does IDT Mean?

Instruction \in-ˈstrək-shən\ noun : the action or process of teaching : the act of instructing someone

Design \di-ˈzīn\ noun : the process of planning how something will look, happen, be made, etc. : the process of designing something

Technology \tek-ˈnä-lə-jē\ noun : a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge

From Merriam-Webster