Course: Models of Instruction

Models of Instruction

Format: eLearning
Audience: Corporate Training Professionals
Course Length: 45 minutes




In this Models of Instruction eLearning course, you'll get an overview of the field of instruction, and instructional design. It may surprise you that instructional design, a relatively new area of specialization, was formalized as a discipline only during the latter part of the 20th century. Instructional design has become a diverse, multifaceted discipline the impact and use of which are becoming more and more widespread. We provide a strong foundation that you can use to design effective learning experiences. Although we cover several rather complex models in this course, we kept it simple and provided the “need-to-know” information that you can immediately apply.


Instructional Design—we define the term, and then give you the interesting history of the field over the past eighty or so years. We think you’ll agree that instructional design…has come a long way, baby!

  • Taxonomy of Educational Objectives—Benjamin Bloom is a patron saint of objectives. He helped to put them on the map in 1956 with his groundbreaking book on levels of learning. Bloom set out to achieve a modest goal--to provide a practical tool that was based on what was understood at the time about the thinking process. Little did he know that his work would still be a gold standard a half-century later.
  • Conditions of Learning—Robert Gagne followed on the heels of Bloom with his own ideas about learning processes, conditions, and events that will add some real gems to your toolkit as an instructional designer.
  • Component Display Theory—in this model, David Merrill, using Gagne’s ideas as a foundation, came up with a system that is probably still the most detailed theory on how to teach a single idea or concept.
  • Summary and Assessment —wrap up and give you a chance to show what you’ve learned. 


Define instruction and instructional design.

  • Identify key individuals and events that have influenced the evolution of instructional design.
  • Describe three models for classifying learning outcomes to determine optimal conditions for and ways to sequence instruction.
  • Explain the significance of instructional models to the instructional design process.
  • Locate available resources for learning theory and instructional models.

By completing/passing this course, you will attain a TrainingFolks Certificate