During the Instructional Design courses at Walden University, I worked through the entire instructional design process. In doing so, I was able to complete a learning resource from start to finish. I demonstrated the ability to identify a need (or problem), research it by interviewing subject matter experts, perform a learner and gap analysis, synthesize the collected data to pinpoint learning objectives, and produce a proposal for designing a solution. With the plan determined, I developed a prototype, implemented and tested it with a small group of users, evaluated the effectiveness, and made adjustments to improve the experience and overall effectiveness of the learning object.
Having an understanding of the different factors in how people learn, and how to design learning experiences is important to the success of a lesson. Learning that is engaging and allows the audience to relate the material to their life is what makes it stick. Making that connection is the key to motivation and retention in education. Check out the sample of this learning object.