Chapter 1. Designing for the Synchronous Classroom

I remember being introduced to the process of instructional systems design (ISD) over a decade ago. I was working in a corporate training department of 40+ people, and all of us had spent quite a bit of time developing training classes of various types. Out of the blue, the word came down that we were all to learn a "systematic approach to program development." Well, they might as well have said that we needed to learn a new way to breathe. How dare they imply that we didn't know how to create a training program?! We had been successful so far, hadn't we? I was very worried because my style is not one that lends itself to a lot of structure and I felt that I would not be able to succeed with a ...

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