Designerly Tools, Sketching, and Instructional Designers and the Guarantors of Design

  • Elizabeth Boling
  • Colin M. Gray
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII)


Sketching can be a means to visualize learning objects and experiences differently than is possible in text-based representations. In particular, the experiential qualities of designed experiences can be explored using sketching as a tool and may not be accessible to designers via other means. If designers are to assume appropriate responsibility for our designs, to be the guarantors of design, our toolkit must expand. Examples are given of the ways in which sketching, as a flexible skill, may be used to represent designs for learning, together with discussion of how instructional designers would need to be able to think about these sketches in order to use them as tools.


Instructional design Sketching Visualization Design representation Guarantor of design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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