Purnima Valiathan

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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 scripting – the DLC activity most Beginners will be involved in when they join as novice or trainee Instructional Designers. It addresses the following tasks: Chunking, Objective-writing, Scripting/Storyboarding, Visualizing and creating Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). To connect workplace tasks with learning principles, they are built upon basic learning principles, such as ADDIE, Gagne’s Events, Ruth Clark’s Content-Types framework, and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at Beginners – those starting off as Instructional Designers or Instructional Design Trainees who may have a certificate in the discipline but are not yet exposed to how Instructional Design is applied at work. The course is also meant for teachers and trainers who want to learn about the basics of Instructional Design because they are collaborating with Instructional Designers for creating E-Learning or Classroom-based training.

How is the course designed?

As depicted below, the course structure is designed to mirror the tasks that Beginners /Content Developers perform.

Introduction to ID → Organize Content → Identify Content Type → Specify Objectives → Script the Topic → Visualize the Script → Create Questions

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.


Discover ID for Beginners Course - Mind map



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


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  1. Excellent course for beginners!

  2. Great!

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

  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.

  4. 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.

  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.

  6. Excellent

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

  7. Comprehensive and apt learning module

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

  8. 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!

  9. Lots of learning

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

    1.Could have been more simpler.

    Nidhhi Pathak

  10. Good Content

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

  11. For ID Beginners

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

  12. 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!

  •  3,000.00
  • 2 weeks, 6 days
  • Course Certificate

About Us

We are a small team of passionate people with 30+ years of combined experience in instructional design, training, technology and media. Our mission is to enable every kind of knowledge giver in the society to discover the power of Instructional Design, so that they may serve content, just right.


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