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Discover Instructional Design – For Beginners


Discover Instructional Design is an interactive task-based course for Instructional Design Beginners. It takes the learner through the complete Development Life Cycle (DLC) with specific focus on content development or storyboarding/scripting. It also covers the following theories and frameworks: Ruth Clark’s Content Types framework, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Merrill’s Content-Performance matrix. In addition, it addresses the key tasks involved in developing content, such as storyboarding, visualizing and creating questions.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at Beginners – those who want to work as Content Developers, Instructional Designers or Instructional Design Trainees.


Course Name Discover Instructional Design
Skill Addressed Storyboarding – Simple E-Learning
Duration Learning Seat Time: 8 hours; Course Access: 15 Days
Target Audience Freshers; Content Developers; Trainers
Online Assessment Yes
Assignment / Project 1 Assignment: Storyboard or ILT Session Deck (Available ONLY as part of Certification Program Level 1)


How is the course structured?
Discover ID for Beginners Course - Mind map


How is the course designed?

The course comprises seven episodes, and each episode is designed to take learners from familiar terrain to new and unfamiliar terrains.

Episode Structure

  • Food for Thought: A short anecdote that will immerse the learners gently into new areas before the main content unfolds.
  • Quick Quiz: Questions based on the short anecdote that is meant to force learners to reflect and respond.
  • Theory: Underlying concepts and principles that drive a specific task in the scripting process.
  • Examples: Samples of the task output and how it is rendered in the workplace.
  • FAQs: Some frequently asked questions that beginners and instructional designers have about ID and the development process of learning material.



To qualify for your certificate from Purnima Valiathan, you must complete all episodes in this course and score 70% or more in the course assessment.

Course Reviews


22 ratings
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  1. Discovering Indeed!


    I found the course very refreshing – the new angle of content types being introduced. The design of the course is very enterprising, with the Food for thought videos and a task at the end of each episode. The final assessment is challenging. I will definitely recommend this course to others.

  2. Review for the course "discover instructional designers-for beginners


    This e-learning course helped me a lot in knowing about the basics of id and about what role a beginner could play effectively in the beginning phase of their career. Also, this course won’t get fulfilled unless or until you get teaching guidance from Purnima herself.

  3. Interesting bit of Information


    Very informative & well organized in structure. Concepts are well explained and easy to grasp.

  4. Course review


    Course was really helpful to understand basic concepts of Instructional Design. However, more specific examples can be there after explaining theory.

  5. Step by Step Learning is the Key to Success!!


    This self paced course provides you the base for Instructional Designing. Step by learning from 1 Episode to another, from base ID models to framing questions makes you novice to professional. Great learning techniques. Thank you so much Purnima mam for all the guidance in this amazing journey.

  6. Excellent course for beginners in ID!


    I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in starting their ID careers or those in it already seeking a formal training. The course is well-structured and well-administered.

  7. The beginning is full of learning


    The course explains the theories involved in ID and how are they implemented to design an Instructional unit. So, ID is not about design, layout, video, audio. The heart of ID is the application of theories and the frameworks in order to create effective and learner centric courses

  8. Block by block learning


    The course guides you step by step and guides and gradually helps you explore the little details of instructional designing.

  9. Excellent course for Beginners


    This course itself uncovers the ID principles which a candidate has to apply in the workplace and sets the foundation Basics of Instructional Design.
    Each activity/unit enables learning.

  10. An enabling course


    I have been in the L&D field for the last 20 years. To upskill I took up the course and wondered what new could it teach me. Boy, was I surprised! It’s simple, interesting and created keeping the working professional in mind. Not only did I enjoy the course thoroughly but also learn new concepts and polish my skills.

    Thank you Purnima and Ruchi for creating a delightful and enbaling course!

  11. Small capsules, big learnings!


    To begin with, the course never felt like one! It was an amazing journey, in which Purnima took us from one milestone to another with her anecdotes and interesting tasks. I loved the fact that it was not at all content heavy. The video, theory section and the task managed to hold the attention of the learner throughout each episode. Also, it was extremely convenient to complete one episode per day. Kudos to Purnima and her team for building such an amazing course. I loved every bit of it!

  12. For ID Beginners


    Great Course Indeed, It really helped me to gain some insights and concepts of an ID beginner

  13. Good Content


    The content is good. I have learnt the basics of Instructional Designing. I wish the content was more engaging.

  14. Lots of learning


    1.Self paced
    2.Guided contact sessions
    3.Opportunity to practice

    1.Could have been more simpler.

    Nidhhi Pathak

  15. Understandable and comfortable


    The course is truly learner-oriented. I could do it at my pace. The formative approach of testing the skills is really great!

  16. Comprehensive and apt learning module


    It provided a lot of insights on ID and had a lot of great things to be learnt.

  17. Excellent


    Well-designed course for a beginner. Perfectly written and to the point.

  18. 5

    The course has been an eye opener. I learnt new ways to look at the content that I have been working on. All the anecdotes that Purnima shared in her videos made it easy for me to connect more with the topic. Overall it has been a good learning experience.

  19. Course covering the basics of ID


    A good course for beginners which covers all the key aspects of ID. An extremely relevant course for any ID at the beginning of his/her career.

  20. 3

    The course gives the basic idea of the theories and the concept of instructional design. It is simple and easy to understand and definitely the discussion forum helps a beginner to blend well with the concepts.

  21. Great!


    Enjoyed going through the process and the procedures were self explanatory and enriching. Thank You!

  22. 5

    Excellent course for beginners!

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