Message design is all around us, from the presentations we see in meetings and classes, to the instructions that come with our latest tech gadgets, to multi-million-dollar training simulations. In short, instructional message design is the real-world application of instructional and learning theories to design the tools and technologies used to communicate and effectively convey information. This field of study pulls from many applied sciences including cognitive psychology, industrial design, graphic design, instructional design, and human performance technology to name just a few. In this book we visit several foundational theories that guide our research, look at different real-world applications, and begin to discuss directions for future best practice. For instance, cognitive load and multimedia learning theories provide best practice, PowerPoint and simulations are only a few of the multitude of applications, and special needs learners and designing for cultural inclusiveness are only two of many areas where effective messages design can improve outcomes. Studying effective instructional message design tools and techniques has and will continue to be a critical aspect of the overall instructional design process. Hopefully, this book will serve as an introduction to these topics and inspire your curiosity to explore further!

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Chapter 1: Message Design for Instructional Designers - An Introduction, Miguel Ramlatchan

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Chapter 2: Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Message Design, Bethany Emory

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Chapter 3: Multimedia Learning Theory and Instructional Message Design, Miguel Ramlatchan

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Chapter 4: Message Design for Instructional Designers - Human Performance Technology, Dana Garcia

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Chapter 5: Instructional Message Design with PowerPoint, Meredith Spencer

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Chapter 6: Designing and Learning from Modeling and Simulations, Travis Saylor

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Chapter 7: Learners with Disabilities and Video-Based Instructional Message Design, Charles Thull

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Chapter 8: Cultural Aspects and Implications of Instructional Message Design, Frances R. Dukes

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Instructional Message Design: Theory, Research, and Practice, Miguel Ramlatchan, Bethany Emory, Dana Garcia, Meredith Spencer, Travis Saylor, Charles Thull, and Frances R. Dukes