Automating Instructional Design: June 6-24, 2011

Closing seminar question...If you could automate anything...

Closing seminar question...If you could automate anything...

by Bill Thimmesch -
Number of replies: 2

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful posts, teaching resources, and critical thinking about the learning process for adults (whether in educational or training contexts).  Here's my question for our final week of discussion:

If you could automate any instructional tool, method, or assessment process for adult learning, what would you want to automate?

Example 1:  automated assistant for communications skills training:

Example 2:  automating the tracking of learners throughout a curriculum (Learning Management Systems):

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In reply to Bill Thimmesch

Re: Closing seminar question...If you could automate anything...

by B Ferrell -
At this point, I dont think that there is any single program available that can automate ISD.
What starts the confusion from my point is "automating instructional design". So what are we talking about here? The D of ADDIE or the entire process? Automating instructional system design means the whole thing to me, where as design is just that..the D. This might seem picky, but taxonomy and domains need definition or we end up with the current dilemma where curriculum cant even be defined???

Rather than trying to automate ISD or ID, I would suggest starting with job aids that can be adapted, developed, expanded and defined for a general process and then with algorithms to use more expanded ones for those who are inexperienced. It is still my contention that cookie cutter design will never be the best design. Using automation to collect and store data, track changes in development etc. are practical and automated tools can be helpful in design, but they are still limited by the user. Automating some content design and delivery ( moodle etc), testing is possible, but that brings up a whole other can of worms about using the testing tool for the first time for the learner, etc.

Here is a set of job aids based on the Rothwell/Kazanas book on the first page. Click each link on the left for more job aids or go to the main aid page

Try expanding them into Moodle, OLAT (has authoring tools), Dokeos etc.


In reply to B Ferrell

Re: Closing seminar question...If you could automate anything...

by Bill Thimmesch -


I think that day may already be here.

The attached article--written in 1990--captures my original thinking on automating some part of ISD in the corporate training context.  The tools are there.  The question is:  are we ready?

I've enjoyed the intellectual best,