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Instructional design models describe a set of processes carried out during instructional analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Most models define temporal or informational interdependencies between these processes. Design process models are used in many design fields, including architecture, business, engineering, and computer and software design and possess many similarities from field to field. Instructional design models pertain only to the domain of instructional design.

Models create a common language that brings together the interests of many stakeholders, describing the design process from different perspectives: the designer’s, the client’s, the theorist’s, the project director’s, the team’s, or the student’s. Models may address the concerns of administrators, marketers, financial personnel, high-level decision makers, designers, or all of these. Though many instructional design models rely heavily on ...

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