Socrates Socrates believed questioning to be the only defensible form of teaching. The Socratic method is one of the oldest examples of instructional design.
The Soviet Union The launch of Sputnik caused the United States to throw millions of dollars at math and science education, without actually considering effectiveness of materials. The terms formative and summative evaluation were coined as a result of these ineffective instructional materials.
Al Gore “Invented the internet” No, he didn’t actually say that. The World Wide Web was invented by these two guys in Switzerland in It is the opinion of this writer that this invention has been the most powerful historical event in the history of instructional technology thus far.
Honorable Mentions AECT- created a single sentence definition Dick, Carey, and Carey- ADDIE IBM- computer-assisted instruction Tyler to Glaser- criterion-referenced measures Constructivists- authentic instruction Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau- for actually inventing the Web.