Phases of Instructional Design/Technical Writing

Written by Lisa Spurlin

The development of a project is typically done in four different phases. Inrepparttar project analysis phase, a market research is conducted to determinerepparttar 129434 courses that need to be developed andrepparttar 129435 information that they should cover. Inrepparttar 129436 design phase,repparttar 129437 development team collects relevant content from different sources, organizesrepparttar 129438 course content, and decides onrepparttar 129439 strategies to be used to coverrepparttar 129440 content. The actual course development occurs inrepparttar 129441 project development phase. Finally, inrepparttar 129442 project evaluation phase,repparttar 129443 effectiveness ofrepparttar 129444 project output is evaluated by collecting feedback from students and other organizations.

* Project Analysis * Design * Development * Evaluation

Project Analysis

The project analysis phase isrepparttar 129445 first phase inrepparttar 129446 development life cycle (DLC) of an ID project. The first task in this phase is to perform a market research to determinerepparttar 129447 requirements of potential students. This research is usually conducted byrepparttar 129448 marketing staff of a company. Based onrepparttar 129449 findings of this research,repparttar 129450 market requirements analysts providerepparttar 129451 course development unit ofrepparttar 129452 company with specifications regardingrepparttar 129453 courses that need to be developed. These specifications, which are inrepparttar 129454 form of an MRD (Market Research Document), includerepparttar 129455 title of each course, a set of broadly defined objectives for each course, andrepparttar 129456 target audience for each course.


Once a course is selected for development, it is handed over torepparttar 129457 project development team to markrepparttar 129458 beginning ofrepparttar 129459 design phase. Inrepparttar 129460 design phase, instructional designers userepparttar 129461 specifications inrepparttar 129462 MRD to collect relevant content from different sources and organizerepparttar 129463 course content in a proper structure. The development team members also refinerepparttar 129464 objectives suggested inrepparttar 129465 MRD according torepparttar 129466 course development standards defined byrepparttar 129467 company. Additionally,repparttar 129468 development team decidesrepparttar 129469 instructional strategies to be used while covering specific content inrepparttar 129470 course.

Since incorporating design changes atrepparttar 129471 final stages ofrepparttar 129472 course involves a lot of rework, identifying and rectifying design problems, earlier inrepparttar 129473 DLC, is critical forrepparttar 129474 successful and timely execution of a project. To ensure this,repparttar 129475 development team should be provided sufficient time inrepparttar 129476 project design phase. Additionally,repparttar 129477 project design should be reviewed regularly duringrepparttar 129478 course development.

Writing Made Them Rich #3: Richard Bach

Written by Michael Southon

One day inrepparttar mid-1970's a young man stumbled into a diner somewhere inrepparttar 129431 United Sates.

Slung over his shoulder was a kit-bag that contained everything he owned. He was unshaven and needed a shower badly. He had very little money, but enough for a phone call.

He rang his bank and asked how much was in his account. A woman's voice informed him - to his amazement - thatrepparttar 129432 balance in his account was four million, three hundred thousand dollars.

His name was Richard Bach. Six months before, he had submitted a short story, barely 10,000 words long, to a New York publisher.

Forrepparttar 129433 last three months he had been livingrepparttar 129434 life of a nomadic 'barnstormer', taking people on joy rides for $5 a flight and sleeping in fields underrepparttar 129435 wing of his bi-plane.

Hardly able to believe what he had just heard, he rangrepparttar 129436 New York publisher to whom he had sentrepparttar 129437 manuscript.

"Where on earth are you?" asked a woman's voice. "We've been looking for you for three months! Radio and TV want interviews with you, a publisher in Spain wants to buyrepparttar 129438 Spanish rights to your book..."

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