Historical Instructional Design Cases presents a collection of design cases which are historical precedents for the field with utility for practicing designers and implications for contemporary design and delivery. Featuring concrete and detailed views of instructional design materials, programs, and environments, this book’s unique curatorial approach situates these cases in the field’s broader timeline while facilitating readings from a variety of perspectives and stages of design work. Students, faculty, and researchers will be prepared to build their lexicon of observed designs, understand the real-world outcomes of theory application, and develop cases that are fully accessible to future generations and contexts.

chapter 1|9 pages

Setting the Cases in Historical Context

ByColin M. Gray, Craig D. Howard

chapter 2|12 pages

Curators’ Notes

Historical Design Cases
ByElizabeth Boling, John Baaki

chapter 3|13 pages

The Rochester Method

An Innovation in its Time (1878–1970)
ByMalinda Eccarius

chapter 4|15 pages

Designed for Destruction

The Carlisle Design Model and the Effort to Assimilate American Indian Children (1887–1918)
ByJohn R. Gram

chapter 5|12 pages

A Lived Experience of the Tennessee School for the Deaf (1920–2000)

ByMakhosazana L. Lunga, Craig D. Howard

chapter 6|23 pages

Supervising Women Workers

The Rise of Instructional Training Films (1944)
ByColin M. Gray

chapter 7|19 pages

The Skinnerian Teaching Machine (1953–1968)

ByJason K. McDonald

chapter 8|19 pages

The Original SRA Reading System

Individualized Learning in a Box (1957–1964)
ByElizabeth Boling

chapter 9|11 pages


The Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (1959–1971)
ByMonica W. Tracey, Jill E. Stefaniak

chapter 10|18 pages

Automated and Amplified

Active Learning with Computers and Radio (1965–1979)
ByAnne Trumbore

chapter 11|34 pages


Building Theory for Practical Purposes (1971–1978)
ByAndrew S. Gibbons, A. F. O’Neal

chapter 12|50 pages

Bridge 1

A Cross Culture African American Reading Program (1975–1977)
ByPatricia A. Young

chapter 13|17 pages

Creating Minimalist Instruction (1979–Present)

ByJohn M. Carroll

chapter 14|18 pages

Experts in a Box

Expert Systems and Knowledge-Based Engineering (1984–1991)
ByJo Ann Oravec

chapter 15|12 pages

“Making Alcatraz Amazing” 1

The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour (1987–1995)
ByElizabeth Boling

chapter 16|32 pages


Democratizing Access to Advanced Mathematics (1992–Present)
ByDeborah Tatar, Jeremy Roschelle, Stephen Hegedus

chapter 17|25 pages

Using Analytics for Activity Awareness in Learning Systems (2003–2013)

ByJames M. Laffey, Christopher Amelung, Sean Goggins