NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1083712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1832-8342
Revisiting "Beyond Instructional Design"
Sims, Rod
Journal of Learning Design, v8 n3 p29-41 2015
Since the article "Beyond Instructional Design: Making Learning Design a Reality" (Sims, 2006) was published, much has changed in the opportunities we have for learning, and Professor Rod Sims's thinking has evolved. In this article, Professor Rod Sims reflects upon his original article, and he offers an evolved model of learning design, known as "Design Alchemy." The original reason for challenging the concept of "instructional design" is that while the underpinning theory tends to hold true (that good design will enable learning), the practice he had observed too often focused on content (subject-matter) (re)organisation rather than the learner, learning, and knowledge application. This challenge aimed to debate whether a system that emerged from formal, classroom, military training was consistent with contemporary organic and personal environments of social computer-based and online education. For those involved in "designing for the learner," "Design Alchemy" demonstrates that the design of learning environments can be effectively and efficiently produced without explicit or initial reference to subject-matter; instead, a design focused on alignment of learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment is sufficient to create a course, and in itself will define the necessary subject-matter resources. [For "Beyond Instructional Design: Making Learning Design a Reality," see EJ1066491.]
Queensland University of Technology. GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001, Australia. Tel: +61-7-313-80585; Fax: +61-7-313-83474; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A