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New Book!

Merging the Instructional Design Process with Learner-Centered Theory: 

The Holistic 4D Model

By Charles M. Reigeluth & Yunjo An  (2021)

Offer:  I will provide a free Zoom appearance in any course that adopts this book as a textbook.

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Several professors have expressed an interest in using this book for an 8-week introductory course on ID, so we have prepared some suggestions for how to do so.

Why this Book is Important

The Holistic 4D Model offers many novel features to greatly improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal of the ID process and the resulting instruction.  It takes a holistic approach to the ID process and is organized into four major activities:  Define, Design, Develop, and Deploy.  

The Model’s most notable features include:

  1. A holistic design process 

  2. Analysis-design-evaluation (ADE) cycles and ADE templates

  3. Integration with instructional theory

  4. Teaching topic and task expertise

  5. Holistic instructional sequences

  6. Learner-centered instruction

  7. Non-instructional interventions

  8. Rapid prototyping

  9. Designer objectives and demonstration objectives

  10. Product and process evaluations

About the Book

This book is intended for three audiences:

1) practicing instructional designers, to guide their design efforts,

2) students of instructional design, to help them learn how to be good instructional designers, and

3) teachers, instructors, and trainers, to help them design and develop leaner-centered instruction.


      Chapter 1.  Instructional Design and Development


      Chapter 2.  Define your Project: Pre-Instructional Design Activities


      Chapter 3.  Considerations for Design: Theories of Learning and Instruction

      Chapter 4.  Other Considerations for Design

      Chapter 5.  ID Level 1: Top-Level Analysis, Design & Evaluation Activities

      Chapter 6.  ID Level 2: Mid-Level Analysis, Design & Evaluation Activities

      Chapter 7.  ID Level 3: Lower-Level Analysis, Design & Evaluation Activities

      Chapter 8.  ID Level 3: Instructional Strategies for Just-in-Time Tutorials


      Chapter 9.  Development

      Chapter 10.  Formative Evaluation


      Chapter 11.  Implementation

      Chapter 12.  Summative Evaluation


Purpose of this Website

The purpose of this website is to support instructional designers, teachers, professors, and trainers in their use of this book in their instructional design projects or courses.  

  • It provides electronic copies of all the templates and other forms offered in the book, as well as improvements or additions to those forms.

  • It will provide examples from your fellow designers or professors and their students  that you can offer to your students or colleagues to help them learn and apply the book’s guidance to their own projects.

  • It provides a place where you and your fellow designers or professors can offer suggestions for improving the Holistic 4D Model and the book.

 We also plan to offer a Blog here.

Figure 1.7 Our Holistic 4D Model of ID_R
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"I just got your new book, Merging The Instructional Design Process With Learner-Centered Theory.  I am so excited to read it!  You said in our last conversation the 4D model is a good example of an instructional design model.  I can't wait to read it!  Here is a picture of me holding the book."

      - Zui, Cheng, Shenzhen, China, Oct 27, 2020

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PowerPoint for Presidential Session about the book at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology

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