HPT Video 2021 – Michael Molenda

I’ve known of Michael Molenda for decades – and had seen him at conferences over the years – but I had never really met him. So our video yesterday was our introduction to each other.

Michael Molenda was a professor of Instructional Systems Technology at the School of Education at Indiana University from 1972 until his retirement in 2005.

Michael Molenda is now retired from teaching in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (1972-2005) but continues to live in Bloomington and to do research and writing.

He is co-author of the first five editions of Instructional Media and the New Technologies of Instruction, co-editor of AECT’s 2008 definition book, Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary, co-author of the chapter on “Instruction” in Handbook of Human Performance Technology, 3rd ed.

He contributed encyclopedia articles on Behaviorism, Reinforcement, Practice, Discovery Learning, Transfer, Individualized Instruction, Self-Directed Learning, Innovation, Open Education, and Visual & Pictorial Learning for AECT’s 2013 Encyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology.

He has written numerous encyclopedia articles and book chapters on instruction and instructional design. He is currently preparing a book, Elements of Instruction: Building Blocks of Lesson Design, for Taylor & Francis Publishers.

From LinkedIn

In my teaching days, I focused on instructional development and the theories and “big ideas” that underlie practice in instructional technology.

Since retiring from teaching I have had the luxury of stepping back, trying to see these ideas in historical context…and to seek gaps that need to be filled. I find that scholarly discourse is handicapped by lack of common language to discuss the concepts fundamental to making instructional plans.

In 2017 I began working on a book devoted to identifying, defining, and framing the basic elements of instruction. Later joined by co-author Deepak Prem Subramony, we completed the book–The Elements of Instruction: A Framework for an Era of Emerging Technologies, off the presses in November 2020. 


  • Consulting and teaching for LG Group
  • Citibank workshop and training
  • Judge for NCR Instructional Products awards
  • Faculty development for Spain
  • Faculty development for Indonesia
  • Instructional Development Institute (IDI) training program development
  • Fulbright lecturer in Peru

Honors & Awards

  • Special Service Award
  • Student Choice Award 
  • Outstanding Book in Educational Technology and Teacher Education
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Outstanding Literature of the Field
  • Outstanding Instructional Communication


  • The Mythical Retention Chart and the Corruption of Dale’s Cone of Experience
  • Origins and Evolution of Instructional Systems Design; Chapter 3 in Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace, Vol. 1: Instructional Design and Training Delivery
  • Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary
  • Issues and Trends in Instructional Technology
  • In Search of the Elusive ADDIE Model
  • Instructional Media and the New Technologies of Instruction

The HPT Video

This video is 132:28 minutes in length.

Key Links

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/michael-molenda-7bb5a95

Website: theelementsofinstruction.org  (Blog)

Email: molenda@indiana.edu

See Michael’s 2020 book – at Amazon – here.

Another video of Michael from 2013:

And another video from 2014:

Guy’s HPT Video Series

The HPT Video Series … formerly known as the HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series … was started by Guy W. Wallace in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia.

The full set of videos – over 140 – may be found and linked to – here.

HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement.

As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement, or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level, and at the level of Society/World.

HPT Practitioners might operate at any of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the professional home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.

ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.

This Series Has Evolved Since 2008

These videos were first posted on Google Video, then they were moved to Blink, and now they may all be found on YouTube. And my name for them has changed as well…

HPT Practitioner Video Podcasts and HPT Legacy Video Podcasts

– Practitioner Series – short 2-10 minutes, following a script. Intended to show the diversity of HPT and HPT Practitioners. (2008-2018)

– Legacy Series – longer 15-40+ minutes, also scripted, with added stories of other NSPI/ ISPI’ers from the earlier days of the Society or others who were of great influence. Intended to capture the stories of the people who influenced us. (2008-2018)

– HPT Video Series (2019+) – is a continuation of the first two types of videos in this series, but with less focus on capturing NSPI/ISPI members – and expanding out to any and all who use Evidence Based Practices in Performance Improvement regardless of any affiliation with ISPI or not.


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