10 Must-Know Instructional Design (ID) Acronyms


10 Must-Know Instructional Design (ID) Acronyms

If you're just starting out in instructional design and want to break into the industry, you’re likely to come across dozens of acronyms. 

To help decode some of the most common terms, let's break down ten of them here:

  1. ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate) = A popular and respected process model covering the five phases of ID course development.
  2. CAT (Content Authoring Tool) = An online platform that allows the creation of eLearning course material; delivered through a Learning Management System (LMS).
  3. ILT/VILT (Instructor-Led Training/Virtual Intructor-Led Training) = Online training led by an instructor/facilitator, typically in a classroom setting. VILT is live training delivered online either synchronously (real time) or asynchronously (on demand).
  4. ISD (Instructional Systems Design) = The practice of designing effective training programs. Two common design models are ADDIE and SAM.
  5. JIT (Just in Time training) = This is the approach of delivering training materials at the point of need, rather than accessing all course materials related to the subject.
  6. LMS (Learning Management System) = Software platforms that power online learning portals. Examples of corporate LMS systems include SAP, Lessonly, Docebo, and TalentLMS. Common LMS systems in Higher Ed include Canvas and Blackboard. 
  7. SAM (Successive Approximation Model) = A model that recommends designing and developing eLearning courses in iterative steps.
  8. SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) = A set of standards for creating cross-platform eLearning courses.
  9. SME (Subject Matter Expert) = An expert who provides input for the development of an eLearning course, micro-learning, job aid, ILT, VILT, etc.
  10. WBT (Web-Based Training)= Also known as eLearning. Any learning delivered online through a computer or mobile device.

Don't get too overwhelmed by the acronyms and lingo, after you become familiar with the ID world, the terms will become second nature. Remember, too, different companies, universities, and organizations may use different acronyms. Always ask for clarity!

What other acronyms or terms would you like defined or explained? Be sure and leave them in the comments section below ~ I'll cover them in an upcoming post!

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