Is Heavy OK?

Sometimes it feels like adding to basic design means adding weight.  So, when do embellishments and fringe enhance the instruction; and, when do they divert attention from the instruction?

Does instructional design include communication?  Would it look like this?
  • Welcome student to course
    • E-mail, Blog Message
  • Encourage them to be creative on their Blog Profile Page
  • Encourage other students to read the newcomer’s page and respond in a friendly inclusive manner
  • Communicate rules/procedures
  • Pre-assignment message
  • Assignment message
  • During-assignment
  • Post-assignment message
  • Special message a a particularly difficult segment of the course

So, these points of communication would be calendared to remind the professor – but the communication would be personalized for each individual student.