The evolution of instruction
We’ve come a long way from relying on blackboards and storytelling to confer knowledge.
The history of instructional technology (IT) as we know it today can be traced back to the early 20th century, and each ensuing decade brought rapid change in methodology as technology evolved.
Nowadays, instructional designers draw from multiple learning theories and technologies to deliver optimal and customized learning experiences.
Timeline: instructional technology, 1900s to present
Introduction of visual media
Audiovisual media and learning objectives
Wartime innovation and advancement of instructional design
Television, behaviorism, and computer technology
Design models, criterion-referenced testing, learning objectives
Instructional design expands into the business sector
Cognitive psychology and personal computers
Computer-based learning systems, performance-oriented instruction, constructivism
The internet age and online instruction
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Instructional technology focuses on the tools we use and how we design the learning experience.
Theories and Thinkers
Discover educational theories used by instructional designers, and the theorists behind them.
Learn how instructional technology can improve your online programs.