Instructional & Performance Solutions Designer

Category: eLearning

Exploring Instructional Technology

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Project Summary

Intended AudienceLearners new to the Instructional Systems Technology, Performance Technology, and Instructional Design Fields
Budget RangeLow (as-is) Can add elements as desired
Project RoleAnalysis, Instructional Design & Development, Content Creation
ToolsArticulate Rise, Audacity, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop


As an Assistant Professor, I taught an undergraduate course focused on introducing students to the fields of Instructional Systems and Performance Technology. For learners newly exploring our field, it can take a long time to build a functional understanding of the nuanced approaches we use to improve organizational performance. To help learners make sense of it all, I wanted to provide a small instructional experience which focuses on some of the more challenging core elements (i.e., definitions, relationships, roles).

Design Overview

In this mini-course, I used Articulate Rise to introduce learners to the field of Instructional Systems Technology. This training consists of instruction and some activities focused on the following objectives:

  • Define Instructional Technology
  • Situate Instructional Technology within Performance Technology and with consideration to Instructional Design
  • Examine the role of technology in Instructional Technology

This training is informational, so there isn’t any type of assessment built in (although there are some interaction activities). This type of training could be scaled up to become a more in-depth course itself; included as part of another training (modular); or presented as is to build engagement.

The Process


The idea stemmed from a course I was teaching as an Assistant Professor aimed at introducing students to the field. From here, I did some research and reflection on what the core of the field is, and where new learners stumble the most. I drew upon some of the foundational work of the field, including Saettler’s histories of the field, Reigeluth’s early volumes of the “green book”, and other classic and foundational texts. I also reflected on my own experience, and had some conversations with others who were both experienced and new to the field to identify important topics. I also drew upon more recent sources for information, including professional organizations, and modern reflections on technology.

Design & Development

Given the information rich subject, I wanted to play around with the presentation of fairly text heavy content in a way that reduced cognitive load and increased engagement. Rise was good for this, in that it is responsive and allows for interactive activities, bullet points that move in without being disruptive, and provides ways to break up the content without distracting from the flow (it actually enhances it!). Some challenges with the tool are limited control over specific elements, and a limited range of behaviors authors can produce.

Because I already had much of the content built out for an undergraduate course, the main task here was sorting and chunking the information, paring it down to the most essential bits (the learners engaging in this didn’t sign up for a 16 week course, after all!), and transitioning it to be suitable for a broader audience.


All in all, I am pretty happy with how it turned out, and believe there is a role for Rise in smaller projects which are focused on information delivery, require a quick turnaround time, or which may contribute to a larger course or instructional system.

Would you like this for your organization?

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Course Demo (Canvas)

This course demo showcases a few of typical weeks from a course I designed and developed focusing on the relationship between Instructional Technology and Performance Technology.  I am usually very involved in my courses as well, so this demo would be buzzing with activity in an actual course!

Click the image below to experience the demo!

One Touch Email System Prototype

This is a demo branching scenario I did in Twine for a One Touch Email System. The idea was to have a fun way learn the best way to sort some emails and engage other systems for the action items they produce.

Click the picture below to work through the scenario prototype!

Meaningful Comparisons

The first Weekly eLearning Heroes Challenge was to show meaningful comparisons with the provided airplane images and information.

I tackled this by creating a semi-minimalist design showing comparisons between an individual plane against the shadows of the remaining planes, and through providing the data on height, width, and depth for each plane.

Below is the original and my rework. Click the image below to experience the demo!

Airplanes with examples of data
eLearning Heroes example, airplanes with data

How to Make Research Open Access

I took on eLearning Heroes Weekly Challenge #236, which is to transform a static infographic into an interactive graphic. I found a static infographic flowchart on Publishing your research as Open Access, and reworked it as an interactive decision process that walks the user through the flow. As the user works through the flowchart, they are taken to the next steps, provided with information or resources, and led to the appropriate conclusion.

Below is the original and my rework. Click the image to visit the work.