In the previous post on this topic we looked at a few preparatory steps that you should take in order to prepare your objectives and plan for how the online course should work, and what it should achieve. In today’s post (the second in this three-part series) we will drill down further and look at instructional design models that are appropriate for K-12 curricula. Instructional design is a behemoth of a subject; a simple online search reveals an overwhelming number of options. At this point it is helpful to point out that unlike most people designing an online course, K-12 teachers already have an established curriculum. It also goes without saying that teachers do not always have the time available to study the vast field of instructional design, and my intention here is to support your process, rather than hinder it with what many of your students might call “TMI” (Too much information). With that in mind I have decided to talk about just two of the most popular models, in the hope that it will affirm your journey toward creating an online course, rather than overwhelming it. Instructional design models help you to visualize the learning path of your students and are useful to double check the steps you are creating online, ensuring your online course adheres to basic pedagogic theory. Before we take the plunge one final comforting caveat: As a teacher you will recognize many of the steps as being logical, and they will come naturally. Additionally, we have already taken a number of steps recommended by instructional design in the preparatory steps detailed in the previous post.