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What is included in, The Do It Messy Approach: A step-by-step guide for instructional designers and online learning developers (IDOLs)?

Step by step checklists to help you design a full course script/prototype

Demonstrations, samples, prompts, and examples for how to design a full course script/prototype

Integration & enhancement strategies for your course script/prototype

The Do It Messy Approach is a book for new and experienced instructional designers that will teach you an easy method to design instruction for corporate training on any topic. 

The problem or task-centered approach I share here can be applied to solving any business problem that includes a knowledge or skill gap. I know these are big claims bursting with enormous promise. You may be skeptical and wondering how I can back up such statements. Well, not only do I have a PhD in education specializing in instructional design and online learning, but also I spent more than 17 years designing and delivering training on everything from lab management to construction protocols to sales processes. The simplest way for me to qualify my teaching confidence, however, is to share with you my past student success stories, which are sprinkled throughout the book. But for now, you can rest assured that everything I teach in the book comes directly from methods my students have implemented, tested, and iterated upon.

 

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

"As the founder of the IDOL courses Academy, I knew my students were looking for a course design formula."

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When I started the IDOL courses Academy I had a Ph.D., I had decades of experience, lots of passion, and a dream.

What I didn't expect was the difficulty to make instructional design a learnable skill. There are so many theories, models, methods, and sophisticated concepts around learning design. Every day, I wished there was some resource that I could turn to for help. A resource that helped me teach course design as a step-by-step formula for any topic. 

I couldn't find the resource I was searching for so I decided to make it. 

I spent 3 years just collecting information, data, and research from my own students. I constantly applied every learning and found where it failed. I knew the best resource to help my own students was the First Principles of Instruction by David Merrill.  However, my students don't have the time, expertise, or patience to wade through the excellent textbook and research done by David Merril in his book. 

This is part of the reason why I wanted to write this book. To create a step by step guide for designing course prototypes that integrates all the best practices and theories in a simple and easy-to-understand formula. You can literally use this formula to design courses that are effective, engaging, and structured over and over again. I will walk you through each step in the formula and I'll model the formula in this book to help you learn how to design instruction. 

I put all of my knowledge, insights, tips, strategies, and learnings into a singular resource — a well-designed, well-tested handbook that sits on your desk. A handbook that makes you feel like you can design great courses too.

After testing this book with 100s of people designing learning around the world at big companies and small, I'm confident there's at least one idea, tip, strategy, or guide that resonates with you.

I hope you never feel like you can't do this. I hope you use the Do It Messy Approach to cultivate a beginner's mindset and design thinking. 

The Do It Messy Approach trains you to focus on what your learners need to know and the most efficient way to deliver that knowledge. Combining the beginner’s mindset with design thinking helps you avoid distractions and get to a complete course prototype more quickly. From there, you can seek out feedback, iterate on the content you created, add visuals and other enhancement strategies, and continue to improve upon your original design. This is the Do it Messy Approach in a nutshell.

I believe that everyone can design instruction.

And this book will help you along that journey.

In love + learning,

Robin Sargent, Ph.D.

Founder, CEO @ IDOL courses

 

See what's inside

Part 1

Introduction

Learn instructional design, the first principles of instruction, and the steps you need to take before you can design a course prototype.

Chapter 1

What is Instructional Design?

Chapter 2

The First Principles of Instruction

Chapter 3

Your Quick & Dirty Needs Analysis

Chapter 4

Subject Matter Experts

Part 2

Prototype Design

Step-by-step instructions with examples and demonstrations for how to design your course script.

Chapter 5

Identify a Problem

Chapter 6

Create the Demonstration for the Final Problem Scenario

Chapter 7

Create the Application for the Final Scenario

Chapter 8

Create Several Problem Scenarios

Chapter 9

Order the Scenarios from Easiest to Hardest

Chapter 10

Create a Demonstration for Problems 1-2

Chapter 11

Create an Application for Problems 3-5

Chapter 12

Create an Application for Problems 6-8 that Provide No Guidance

Chapter 13

Identify Component Skills

Chapter 14

Review Each Problem Set

Part 3

Enhancement & Next Steps

Now that you have a full course prototype you can enhance it through feedback and further iterations. 

Chapter 15

Integration & Enhancement Strategies

Chapter 16

Development of Steps & Ideas

Chapter 17

Further Research & Resources

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