Designing Instructional Materials

Major Concept:

Activities related to preparing instructional materials can include:

1. Develop a working outline (decide what needs to be taught).
2. Identify existing resources and materials (find out what you already have or can borrow).
3. Examine materials developed by others to see how they approached similar learning tasks. (do your research).
4. Buy, lease, or adapt existing materials or programs (be careful not to infringe on anyone's copyright).
5. Design and/or develop training materials and job aids from "scratch" (very time consuming and expensive).

Major Concept:

Common types of instructional materials can include:

  • Leader's Guides
  • Participant Handouts and Workbooks
  • Overhead Transparencies
  • 35mm Slides
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Computer or Web Based Training Programs
  • Instructional Videos
  • Instructional Audio Cassettes

  • Or, any combination of the above.
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