The systematic approach to the development of training materials is based on principles and theories of instructional design and elearning. These are applicable to technical writers, whose work has many parallels with training design and elearning.
Technical writers may be responsible for the development of training programs and courses and elearning modules. They need to understand principles and theories of instructional design and elearning to apply these in a systematic way to ensure that the training is appropriate for the audience and the content, and that it is effective. Technical writers need to apply a methodology and use tools adapted to their purpose and to the learners.
This topic covers definitions of instructional design, elearning and theoretical approaches (including behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism). It also outlines the systematic instructional design and elearning processes.