AECT Instructional Design Standards

Content Knowledge: Candidates demonstrate the knowledge necessary to create, use, assess, and manage theoretical and practical applications of educational technologies and processes. 

  • Creating - Candidates demonstrate the ability to create instructional materials and learning environments using a variety of systems approaches. 
  • Using - Candidates demonstrate the ability to select and use technological resources and processes to support student learning and to enhance their pedagogy. 
  • Assessing/Evaluating - Candidates demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate the effective integration of appropriate technologies and instructional materials. 
  • Managing - Candidates demonstrate the ability to effectively manage people, processes, physical infrastructures, and financial resources to achieve predetermined goals. 
  • Ethics - Candidates demonstrate the contemporary professional ethics of the field as defined and developed by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. 

Content Pedagogy: Candidates develop as reflective practitioners able to demonstrate effective implementation of educational technologies and processes based on contemporary content and pedagogy. 

  • Creating - Candidates apply content pedagogy to create appropriate applications of processes and technologies to improve learning and performance outcomes. 
  • Using - Candidates implement appropriate educational technologies and processes based on appropriate content pedagogy. 
  • Assessing/Evaluating - Candidates demonstrate an inquiry process that assesses the adequacy of learning and evaluates the instruction and implementation of educational technologies and processes grounded in reflective practice. 
  • Managing - Candidates manage appropriate technological processes and resources to provide supportive learning communities, create flexible and diverse learning environments, and develop and demonstrate appropriate content pedagogy. 
  • Ethics - Candidates design and select media, technology, and processes that emphasize the diversity of our society as a multicultural community. 

Learning Environments: Candidates facilitate learning by creating, using, evaluating, and managing effective learning environments. 

  • Creating - Candidates create instructional design products based on learning principles and research-based best practices. 
  • Using - Candidates make professionally sound decisions in selecting appropriate processes and resources to provide optimal conditions for learning based on principles, theories, and effective practices. 
  • Assessing/Evaluating - Candidates use multiple assessment strategies to collect data for informing decisions to improve instructional practice, learner outcomes, and the learning environment. 
  • Managing - Candidates establish mechanisms for maintaining the technology infrastructure to improve learning and performance. 
  • Ethics - Candidates foster a learning environment in which ethics guide practice that promotes health, safety, best practice, and respect for copyright, Fair Use, and appropriate open access to resources. 

Diversity of Learners: Candidates foster a learning community that empowers learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities. 

  • Professional Knowledge and Skills: Candidates design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-rich learning environments within a supportive community of practice. 
  • Collaborative Practice - Candidates collaborate with their peers and subject matter experts to analyze learners, develop and design instruction, and evaluate its impact on learners. 
  • Leadership - Candidates lead their peers in designing and implementing technology-supported learning. 
  • Reflection on Practice - Candidates analyze and interpret data and artifacts and reflect on the effectiveness of the design, development and implementation of technology-supported instruction and learning to enhance their professional growth. 
  • Assessing/Evaluating - Candidates design and implement assessment and evaluation plans that align with learning goals and instructional activities. 
  • Ethics - Candidates demonstrate ethical behavior within the applicable cultural context during all aspects of their work and with respect for the diversity of learners in each setting. 

Research: Candidates explore, evaluate, synthesize, and apply methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve performance 

  • Theoretical Foundations - Candidates demonstrate foundational knowledge of the contribution of research to the past and current theory of educational communications and technology. 
  • Method - Candidates apply research methodologies to solve problems and enhance practice. 
  • Assessing/Evaluating - Candidates apply formal inquiry strategies in assessing and evaluating processes and resources for learning and performance. 
  • Ethics - Candidates conduct research and practice using accepted professional and institutional guidelines and procedures.