Martin Ryder
  University of Colorado at Denver
  School of Education

Instructional Design Models

Modern Prescriptive Models      
  Prescribed Methodologies
  Cognitivist models
Postmodern Phenomenological Models     
  Constructivist models
Comparative Summaries
    Behaviorism vs
    Cognitivism vs
Models, like myths and metaphors, help us to make sense of our world. Whether derived from whim or from serious research, a model offers its user a means of comprehending an otherwise incomprehensible problem. An instructional design model gives structure and meaning to an I.D. problem, enabling the would-be designer to negotiate her design task with a semblance of conscious understanding. Models help us to visualize the problem, to break it down into discrete, manageable units.

The value of a specific model is determined within the context of use. Like any other instrument, a model assumes a specific intention of its user. A model should be judged by how it mediates the designer's intention, how well it can share a work load, and how effectively it shifts focus away from itself toward the object of the design activity.

-Martin Ryder

Some Basics

What is design? (Wikipedia)
What is Instructional Design? ( (Wikipedia) (Berger and Kam)
What is technology? (Wikipedia) Theory of Technology
What is educational technology? (Wikipedia)
What is Instructional Technology? (Wikipedia)

See also...

The Models:

  Modern Models (Behaviorist, Cognitivist, Prescriptive Models)

Behaviorism Cognitivism Prescriptive Design Models

Rapid Prototyping (Tripp & Bichelmeyer)

Objective Taxonomies

Postmodern Phenomenological Models
Constructivist Models   (see also Constructivism)

Comparitive Summaries

See also... Page originated Dec 1995, updated January 2014. All links verified Feb 03, 2014.
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