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I will like to begin by looking at what instruction and design means separately.

Instruction may be looked at as an act, practice, or profession of imparting knowledge. And to design means to systematically plan with a goal of creating or achieving a highly skilled outcome.

With these two separate definitions in mind,  one can say that instructional design simply put is knowing how people learn and having ideas on how to help them learn better. It involves the systematic development of instructional specifications and analysis using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction.

One can say that, it encompasses the entire process of analyzing the learning needs and goals of the learner, and developing a delivery system to meet those needs. It also includes development of instructional materials and activities such as  tryout and evaluation of all instruction and learner activities.

Therefore, following Instructional design models typically facilitate the transfer of knowledge, skills and attitude to the student or learner of the instruction. The instructor in this case is expected not to simply dump content into PowerPoint slides, but to give the students the opportunities to actively practice what they are learning. This involves engaging learning activities or ways to make learning practices appropriate and closer to real life skills.

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