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Tips Newsletter – January, 2013

Eclectic Instructional Design: What is the new process? How does it relate to ISD Models?

Advanced Instructional Design Workshop! Coming to the EAST (Orlando) and the WEST (Reno)

Advanced Instructional Design Certificate Program

Presented on Feb. 15-16 (Orlando) hosted by Training Magazine’s 2013 Conference, presented by Dr. Darryl Sink. SPECIAL SAVINGS for DSA Tip readers–Save $200 off the 3-Day Training Conference & Expo with Discount Code: CTDS2. Click here for full workshop description and registration information.

Advanced Instructional Design: An Eclectic Approach

A 2-day workshop presented on April 13th – 14th in Reno, NV hosted by ISPI (International Society of Performance Improvement) Presented by Dr. Darryl Sink and Dr. Peter Honebein. Click here for details and registration and conference program.

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Darryl SinkA long-time colleague, Dr. Peter Honebein, and I just published an article in the Journal of Performance Improvement titled “The Practice of Eclectic Instructional Design”. I wanted to share this concept with you – and I am offering to send our TIPS readers the full article.

What is Eclectic Instructional Design (EID)?

Eclectic instructional design is when a designer blends ideas from multiple learning theories to construct a learning experience that works better than a course designed from only one theoretical influence. Eclectic instructional designers are those who don’t get hung up on any one theory for their designs. Instead, they will likely have a primary theoretical influence that aligns with the common conditions and outcomes in which they typically work. They will also consider learning theories and their associated methods more as a toolbox rather than a dogma. With this perspective, they will design instruction that is much more effective, efficient, and appealing.

How does EID relate to ISD Models?

We (Darryl and Peter) have collaborated many times over the years designing learning experiences for a variety of clients and situations. Most of our designs have taken advantage of this philosophy. Below, we have shown how the process graphically relates to Instructional Systems Design (ISD) models. In this case the ADDIE Model is used to illustrate the process:

The parts of the Eclectic-ID model shouldn’t be anything new to a trained instructional designer. In fact, one should recognize all the parts as “good practice” for instructional design. What’s new is the model’s implied permission for designers to pick and choose, mix and match, and emphasize and de-emphasize the variety of influences and resources learning theory and instructional theory offer.

Want to see the whole article? Send me an email ( titled “Eclectic ID” and I will promptly send you a PDF copy.

If putting this eclectic approach into action is intriguing you, join us for a two day pre-conference workshop in February at the Training 2013 Conference in Orlando, and/or in April at the 2013 ISPI International Conference in Reno, again a pre-conference workshop.

See you next time,


Many more ideas and resources are available at the DSA Tips Archive; now searchable, organized by subject area, and by release date.