In the rush to adopt distance learning technologies, the importance of good instructional design is all too
often overlooked. These three word equations help to keep things in perspective.

Proponents and detractors of Web-based instruction often fail to understand the interdependence of the
technology employed and the design of the instructional materials in achieving good outcomes.
These formulas underline how closely they are related:

Great technology + poor instructional design = poor outcomes.

So-so technology + great instructional design = good outcomes.

Great technology + great instructional design = knock-your-socks-off outcomes.