Unit B – Learning & Instructional Design Principles

In this unit, we explore principles for teaching and learning. These start with learning principles which have been researched extensively. Applying the learning principles requires a combination of design and teaching approaches. The most known of the teaching principles is Chickering and Gamson’s seven principles specifically for undergraduate teaching. However, Hattie has added some good teaching practices based on his research.

Often, good teaching requires a start in a good design. ID principles provide guides on how to build good learning and teaching principles into the course. ID includes identifying the course structure – where, when, and how students learn. These structures are defined under ID principles.

Once the term starts, you need to manage each class session. Developing class outlines can help with this and tie each activity back to the learning outcomes and objectives. Gagné’s principles of instructional design are helpful here.

Because of the complexity of designing good course materials (slides, videos, etc.), Mayer’s principles for multimedia are also included here.

Chapters in Unit B:

 Unit B Chapter TitleOverview
B1Learning PrinciplesBasics on how students learn
B2Good Teaching PracticeChickering & Gamson & Hattie list of basics
B3Design Principles Selecting a course structure and creating a course
B4Inclusivity & Diversity in the ClassroomDefinition and importance in teaching & learning
B5Principles for Class OutlineDesigning individual class sessions
B6Multimedia PrinciplesDesigning slides, handouts, webpages, etc.