The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice is designed to introduce the essential elements of instructional design (ID) to students who are new to ID. The key procedures within the ID process, learner analysis, task analysis, needs analysis, developing goals and objectives, organizing instruction, developing instructional activities, assessing learner achievement and evaluating the success of the instructional design are covered in complete chapters that introduce and describe the procedure, with examples of how the procedure is accomplished using the best known instructional design models (e.g. Dick and Carey; Morrison, Ross and Kemp...etc.). Unlike most other ID books, this book provides an overview of the principles and practice of ID without placing emphasis on any one ID model. Offering the voice of instructional designers from a number of professional settings and providing real-life examples from instructional designers, students learn how professional organizations put the various ID processes into practice. The book's first chapter describes the history of instructional design and how it relates to more traditional approaches to teaching; the second chapter provides an overview of what is known about learning and cognition. The end chapters explain the instructional media production process and visual design for instructional media. This text provides students with the information they need to make informed decisions as they design and develop instruction, offering them a variety of possible approaches for each step in the ID process and explaining the strengths and challenges associated with each approach. - Publisher.