Dr. Barbara Martin — Lead Author
Educational Consultant, Former Professor

Download PDF of Best Practices #1: Becoming an Effective Teacher


This paper focuses on two primary components of instructional systems design (ISD): the development phase and the implementation phase. These phases address teaching and learning strategies that promote effective instruction.When you design instruction using the ISD process, it is important to know a little about learning theory.

If you want to be a good teacher, you have to know how students learn. Here we examine the information processing theory of learning and how it impacts lesson design using an eight-step lesson design plan. We also briefly discuss some adult-learning principles that you can incorporate into teaching and learning strategies. In addition, we provide a few tips for designing and using PowerPoint presentations effectively.


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