ID Terminology

What follows are terms, acronyms, etc that appear on this blog.  Did I omit something? Please comment below so that I can maintain a comprehensive list. – Thanks

AAAS ~ American Association for the Advancement of Science Standards

ADDIE Model ~ Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation

AECT ~ Association for Educational Computing and Technology

CAA ~ Computer-aided assessment

CAI ~ Computer-Assisted Instruction

CMS ~ Course Management System

Course Casting

DSD ~ Design Space Development (diagram)

ECD ~  Evidence Centered Design

ICT ~ Information and Communications Technology

ID ~ Instructional Design

instructional design(n):
The process by which instruction is improved through the analysis of learning needs and systematic development of learning materials. Instructional designers often use technology and multimedia as tools to enhance instruction.  (Source:

The main goal of an ID (Instructional Design) model or process is to construct a learning environment in order to provide the learners with the conditions that support the desired learning processes.

IDL ~ Interactive Distance Learning

IES ~ Institute of Education Sciences

IL ~ Inquiry Learning

Intelligence Preferences ~ the type of subjects or skills we are best at

ISD ~ Instructional Systems Design

These models differ from ID models in that ISD models are more broad in nature. ID models normally focus on the first two phases of the ISD model – analysis and design (the analysis of a to-be-trained skill or knowledge-acquisition and then convert the analysis into a training strategy or design of the learning environment). While ISD models normally cover five-phases:  Analysis, Design, Development or Production, Implementation or Delivery and, Evaluations.

ISDD ~ Instructional Systems Design & Development

Just-in-time teaching: when you begin the course with student questions

LMS ~ Learning Management System

Example, Angel:

Learning object ~

A learning object can consist of any number or combination of multimedia components, such as text, graphics, audio, animation, and interactivity.

Learning Styles ~ the way in which we learn and process information

Many-to-many ~ not one person at the front talking to a group, but the group working collaboratively

Micro-lecture ~

A quick video on the course ie: find a book, look at the publishing details, find a quote, reference it in a paper


Massively Open Online Course

MUVE ~ Multi-User Virtual Environment

NAEP ~ National Assessment of Educational Progress

NCLB ~ No Child Left Behind

NRC ~ National Research Council

NSES ~ National Science Education Standards

NSTA ~ National Science Teachers Association

PBL ~ Problem-Based Learning

Much much more information regarding PBL on other pages of this blog.

Rapid Prototyping ~

The idea of rapid prototyping as it applies to instructional design, is to develop learning experiences in a continual design-evaluation cycle that continues throughout the life of the project.

SAT ~ Systems Approach to Training

SME ~ Subject-Matter Expert

Social Media Tools 101 ~

UPK ~ User Productivity Kit

UPK is a collaborative content development platform that allows enterprises to drive
user productivity, mitigate risk, and manage knowledge throughout all phases of the
software ownership lifecycle.

VLE ~ Virtual Learning Environment

WBT ~ Web-Based Teaching


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