Chapter 1

A Brief Unofficial History of ISD

Chapter Objectives

At the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to

  • describe a brief history of ISD
  • name at least three individuals important to the history of ISD.

As you probably already know if you have ever looked for one, formal histories of ISD are usually relegated to a page or two on the occasional website. Instructional design is a professional endeavor that doesn’t rely on a rich history or linkage with anyone particularly famous outside of academia to bolster its image or to feed its success. In fact, it seems to delight in its somewhat obscure origins.

While this anonymity ...

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