CECS 5110 – Week 15/16 Blog

What have you learned in the course about designing instruction from a multimedia perspective?

How would designing instruction be different from a constructivist perspective, based on what you read? Would it?


There are many multimedia types that can be used in instructional design.  The designer of course content must be prepared to know about and how to use the different multimedia types.  Additionally the instructional designer must be capable to use the right development tools in the design of the course content.

The instructional design of course content should consider the approaches of the perspectives of behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist as it relates to the course content and design.  Behaviorists focus on strategies centered on stimulus-response strategies.  Cognitivist focus on memory and the ability to retain the provided instruction.  Constructivism focus on learning and developing meaning from the exposure.  An effective approach for the instructional designer would be to consider the approaches of each of the models in the design and development of each course (Ertmer & Newby, 1993)


Ertmer, P., Newby, T., (1993). Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism: Comparing critical features from an instructional design perspective, Performance Improvement Quarterly 6(4), 50-71.



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