5 things that an Instructional Designer should avoid:

As an Instructional Designer, what are the most important elements that we should avoid?


Vivian Luke

1/10/20241 min read

  1. Overloading Content: Avoid overwhelming learners with excessive information or content. Strive for concise and focused learning materials that promote understanding and retention.

  2. Lack of Interactivity: Avoid creating passive learning experiences. Incorporate interactive elements, such as quizzes, simulations, and activities, to engage learners and promote active participation.

  3. Ignoring Learner Needs: Avoid designing without considering the needs, preferences, and prior knowledge of your target audience. Conduct thorough audience analysis to tailor the content and delivery methods accordingly.

  4. Neglecting Assessment and Feedback: Avoid skipping the assessment phase and failing to provide timely and constructive feedback to learners. Assessments help gauge understanding and identify areas for improvement, while feedback guides learners towards mastery.

  5. Neglecting Evaluation: Avoid overlooking the evaluation of the effectiveness of your instructional design. Regularly assess the impact of your materials and gather feedback from learners to make necessary improvements and enhancements.

By avoiding these common pitfalls, instructional designers can create more effective and engaging learning experiences that support the achievement of learning objectives.