Features May/June 2022

12 Instructional Design Mistakes to Avoid

By Jennifer Goode | STC Senior Member

Avoiding these pitfalls can help to support individual learning needs
and increase the likelihood of instructional programming success.

Whether your team is creating instructor-led training, virtual training, self-paced e-learning, a user manual, an infographic, or other instructional initiative, avoid these 12 mistakes during your instructional design efforts to yield more effective learning outcomes.




























































Instructional programming encompasses a wide spectrum of inter-related activities that an instructional designer must coordinate and oversee. Remembering to avoid these 12 pitfalls can help ensure the learning program is appropriately supporting individual learning needs and connecting to organizational values and goals. Doing so will also increase the likelihood of instructional programming success.

JENNIFER GOODE, PhD, CPTC, (jennifer@anypso.com) is a senior STC member and adjunct professor of technical communication at Mercer University in Macon, GA. With over 20 years of professional experience in government, non-profits, and for-profits, she also consults in the areas of instructional design and strategic human capital performance, measurement, and improvement.




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