January 3, 2022

New Year, New Techniques: Fresh Instructional Design Trends for 2022

Written by Janay White, MA

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

As the new year (and new semester) begins, you may be tasked with developing innovative solutions to keep your courses interactive and engaging. By rooting any changes you make in core instructional design principles, you will be better positioned to help your students succeed (Skyepack.com, 2021).

The Skyepack.com article 12 Fresh Instructional Design Trends to Explore in 2022 describes a variety of techniques that can be easily incorporated into your courses. While it can be tempting to jump right into the latest and greatest technologies, you should first consider whether or not they will actually facilitate a more effective learning experience for your students. By collaborating with an instructional designer and implementing one or more of these trends in your upcoming courses, you’ll provide a forward-thinking educational experience for your students (Skyepack.com, 2021).

Below are just a few trends that are described in the article.

  1. Microlearning

According to Skyepack, microlearning is “an instructional design trend that involves sharing course material in small, bite-sized learning units. It’s typically used for skill-based learning, and it is common in college settings as well as in professional development courses” (2021). See this Elucidat article for more information about microlearning.

Try This Trend: Infographics are an accessible and easy-to-implement example of microlearning because they pack a large amount of information into a concise resource. To experiment with this instructional design trend, try creating an infographic that corresponds with one of your lessons.

  1. Interactive Learning

Interactive learning is a hands-on process that allows students to manipulate or test out course concepts. Elements like embedded quizzes, drag and drop activities, and other features can help students engage more deeply with your content (Skyepack.com, 2021).

Try This Trend: Create interactive modules using SoftChalk. Add PowerPoint slides, quizzes, or games to make the module even more engaging.

  1. Gamification

Gamification is the practice of applying gaming formats and tactics to boost participation and engagement in eLearning activities (Karaolis, 2021). When applied to learning, gamification creates a more engaging and motivating educational experience. For additional information, see this Elucidat article.

Try This Trend: Consider adding an online game like Kahoot to assess students’ competency of a certain subject and create a fun competitive atmosphere (Skyepack.com, 2021).

  1. Social Learning

Provide opportunities for students to interact and converse with one another about course concepts.

Try This Trend: Create a video-based discussion activity using FlipGrid. Embed a link into your Blackboard course shell for easy access.

  1. Video

Incorporate bite-sized videos or microlectures into your course. The short videos (approximately 5 minutes) are easy to integrate into the curriculum, can be used as a component of online, blended, or face-to-face instruction, and can be combined with other learning activities to reinforce the lecture topic (White, 2021). See the OED Teaching Resources blog post, Engage Students using Microlectures.

Try This Trend: At the start of a new course unit, develop a brief introductory video providing an overview of the content.

Consider adding one or more of these techniques into your course in the upcoming semester. Remember, it’s better to start small and work your way up. OED and the instructional designers are here to assist you with your course design needs.

For more information, please see the OED Teaching Resources website or contact us here.