Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
1. Provide content in alternative formats which yields stronger instructional delivery. Use redundant communication modes for multiple sensory input. This matches your instructional materials with student’s different cognitive styles.
2. Design a clear, explicit layout of the parts AND the whole of the learning material.
3. Write using concise sentences and smaller paragraphs.
4. Use font styles such as Times New Roman, Arial, and Verdana on Windows computers. On Macintosh computers, use Times, Helvetica, and Geneva.
5. For learners who may be color blind or color sensitive: Convey content by applying more than color coding. Use bolding and italics as well as other forms of emphasis such as repetition of text. Vary the colors used.
6. Provide access to software needed to use the files you provide.