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Overview: Top Instructional Design Acronyms

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

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What is instructional design? In short, instructional design is the process by which learning products and experiences are designed, developed, and delivered. These learning products include online courses, instructional manuals, video tutorials, learning simulations, etc. Instructional designers are the 'architects' of the learning experience and the 'directors' of the Instructional Systems Design ISD process.

One thing we know about the field of instructional design and eLearning is that there are a lot of acronym's to master. For example, you may be an instructional designer if you can understand the following sentence, "The instructional designer followed the ISD process and will deliver the JIT on the LMS rather than an LRS because the SME has SCORM, and not xAPI requirements"!

TalentLMS recently published a fantastic article to decode common instructional design l and eLearning terms and acronyms. See a few examples from the example sentence used above:

ISD (Instructional Systems Design)


JIT (Just In Time Training)


LMS (Learning Management System)


LRS (Learning Records Store)


SME (Subject Matter Expert)

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model)


xAPI (Application Programming Interface)


The instructional design approach is changing due to the fast-evolving learning technologies. The virtual classroom requires new instructional design strategies. All the above trends come together to create a completely new learning experience. It’s important for instructional designers, teachers, and students to follow the new trends closely in order to stay on top of their game in the ever-changing world of learning.


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