Definition of Information/Instructional Design
My Personal definition of Information/instructional design is the process of creating a design that shows you ‘How to do something’ or to explain ‘How something works’. Designers need to be able to understand the task the users are performing, observe the struggles they are confronted with and configure solutions. Through this process designers are able to create successful instructional designs that are clear and target the users needs.
Instructional design examples
Precedent example 1
RIDBC Auslan Tutor: Key Signs
This interactive is a multimedia tutorial app that is designed to teach willing users Australian sign language so they are able to communicate with others that suffer from an hearing impairment.
Each sign has two corresponding options which can be viewed by the user. A photo of the hand shape used to form the sign followed by a video clip demonstrating the single sign. This allows the user to gain a basic understanding of the form and movement the sign is to be delivered.
Precedent example 2
Dru Yoga online teaches users different poses and techniques of yoga for different benefits for their everyday life. Through a video tutorial and audio the user is instructed through a session of yoga regardless of location which decreases the users limitations. The mentor guides the user through the poses and exercises being performed throughout the session. This makes Dru Yoga an instructional design as it tells someone what to do and how to do it.
Precedent example 3
Lynda is an online application that is accessible on laptops, tablet and phone screens. The user is required to become a member to have unlimited access to all tutorial videos. The videos are educationally based teaching users how to use creative software and develop business skills. The user is taught by professionals in the field and are able to explore different aspects of the course or look for other areas they are seeking to improve.