Book Review: Designing Effective Instruction


The skeleton of the book evolves from Jerrold Kemp’s early textbooks. The model presented in the book considers ID a continuous cycle of nine elements, which are supported by ongoing processes related to planning, implementation and evaluation. An emphasis on designing in business settings is observed which can be distractive for some readers; however, the approach is applicable to professionals in other settings including higher education, p-12 classrooms, and military as well as medical settings. Numerous examples based on authors’ professional experiences are provided for different settings which supports the book’s focus on the application. Moreover, various pedagogical features were included to stimulate thinking towards the goal of using the ID model for the development of effective instruction. In this regard, an appropriate balance between theory and application is provided since complex issues are integrated into the text with an easy-to-follow presentation. For example, at the start of each chapter is a real-world scenario which can be used to trigger classroom discussions. Provided questions guide the readers throughout the chapters. Experiences of leading practitioners and scholars familiarize readers with the real world projects in the “Expert Edge” sections of each chapter. ‘The ID Process’ pieces show the readers how the heuristics are actually put into practice. At the end of chapters, readers are further provided with exercises and realistic problems. Last but not the least, key issues and questions regarding quality management of the ID projects are included as a separate section in many chapters.