Artificial intelligence (AI) provides educators and instructional designers with powerful tools to enhance the student learning experience. This guide presents compelling examples of AI’s role in transforming instructional design. It features practical examples of AI applications that are versatile and suitable for a broad spectrum of instructional activities, alongside others that have more specific uses.

The textbook explores effective ways AI can generate high-quality course content, foster creativity, personalize learning, and drive innovation. Across the 18 chapters, the authors emphasize that we must work together to ensure AI’s ethical and responsible use in educational settings.

This open textbook was developed for the Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) program in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. It contributes a collection of work submitted by graduate students enrolled in ETAD 873: Instructional Design. We concur with David Wiley’s (2023) perspective that generative AI tools hold the potential to significantly broaden and diversify the range of open educational resources (OER), making it an “absolutely incredible time to be an instructional designer!”


Wiley, D. (2023, January 23). AI, instructional design, and OER. Improving learning: Eclectic, pragmatic, enthusiastic. 

Book Organization

The 18 chapters of this textbook are organized into four thematic sub-sections for ease of navigation and to illustrate the diverse applications of AI in teaching and learning. Starting with foundational concepts, the book progresses to more detailed applications and then explores AI’s broader role in curriculum and content development. This structured approach underscores both the general and specific influences of AI in the field of instructional design.

Part 1: Foundational Concepts in AI and Instructional Design

Part 2: AI Tools for Specialized Instructional Strategies

Part 3: AI in Curriculum and Instruction

Part 4: AI-Generated Instructional Materials


When attributing derivatives of AI-Enhanced Instructional Design, please use the following attribution:

Desjardins, D., Drought, B., Fischl, B., Frampton, S., Giannios, M., Jodrey, H., Korchinski, K., MacDowell, P., Moser, S., Moskalyk, K., Neibrandt, J., Neufeld, P., Peters, A., Otegbade, T., Schindelka, A., Tide, D., Tilford, L., Tooke, K., & Washlowsky, M. (2023). AI-Enhanced Instructional Design. University of Saskatchewan.

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