Alex Garcia and Joel Smithson’s Aquamarine Venue, “Instructional Design,” provided a concise explanation of what instructional design is, how technical communicators are well-equipped for instructional design, and why Orlando is one of the best cities for instructional design.
“Instructional design is the process of developing training to make learning easier,” Alex explained. “While technical communication is the process of making information easier to understand for a wider audience, instructional design takes it one step further and tests that process.”
Alex and Joel also presented the ADDIE model, which lists the essential processes for instructional designers (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation). As instructional designers, Alex and Joel are constantly applying and adapting the ADDIE model for the professional world.
“If you take one thing out of this entire lesson, it’s that instructional design is like technical communication but it goes one step further,” Alex declared in his summary. “They both teach new concepts, but instructional design determines whether that concept is being retained, by testing and measuring that retention.”