Context over convention

What has always bugged me about Instructional design models is that they share almost all the same values. The most common of them even have similar processes. So why is there so much deliberation over which is better? Can’t we all just hold hands and sing Kumbaya? Via Zoom, of course.

In an attempt to demonstrate the trends and nuances of common models, I was able to find some useful charts to help me create this visual aid.

My approach is context over convention. Every situation is different and you have the option to use the model most appropriate to the circumstances. Why not pick and choose what works best for the organization, the learners, and the team. Adapt the models to fit the context, not vice-versa. Instructional design shouldn’t be limited to the confines of shapes and arrows on a chart.

The code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules.

– Captain Barbossa, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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