Center for Collaboration and Development

CTEL Workshop: Instructional Design (ID) Roundtable on First Principles of Instruction

December 12, 2013
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Instructional Design (ID) Roundtable: First Principles of Instruction

Is it possible to identify a basic set of principles to guide us in promoting learning to the greatest extent possible, regardless of the delivery media used? 

Dr. David Merrill, Professor emeritus at Utah State University examined a variety of instructional design theories in order to identify common principles. In a classic article, Merrill identified five First Principles of Instruction and provided practical recommendations for implementing each principle in any instructional setting.  This roundtable discussion will focus on the major attributes of these principles and their application in your courses.

Before the Workshop: Read pages 43-51 of the article focusing on the Principles corresponding to the first letter of your last name, as indicated below. Of course you are welcome to read the entire article!

  • A-M        Principle 1, 2
  • N-Z         Principle 3,4

During the Workshop: We will divide into two groups, each responsible for two of the five principles. Group members will:

  • discuss the principle and its corollaries, and their group’s reaction to the principle, and
  • share examples of how individual faculty are applying/might apply the principle in their own course(s).

At the end of the activity, each group will report out and share salient points from their group’s conversation.

Download article: First Principles of Instruction


Thursday, December 12th

noon to 1:30pm

211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

This event will not be recorded.


ID Roundtable Facilitators:

Glenn LeBlanc is an instructional designer at University College, where for over 22 years he has worked with faculty teaching at a distance using multiple technologies. His interest in providing educational opportunities for rural and under-served students began as a Peace Corps biology teacher in a village secondary school in Cameroon in the early 1980’s. Glenn’s graduate work is in anthropology and instructional design at Syracuse University.

Dr. Khusro Kidwai is the Director of Online Teaching and Learning and the Director of the Center of Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at USM. Khusro received his Ph.D. degree from the Instructional Systems program at The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His doctoral work focused on the design and development of a web-based reading environment. Learn more.



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