I didn’t see a way to leave a comment on your post, but I did particularly like your focus on the ‘why’:
My goal is always to engage the “why” first in face to face or online, then “what” and finally “how.” With teaching or leadership, unless I can convince my followers to follow me, then the rest is simply unimportant.
If there is one take-away that I think is most important, it would be this one. So many times I’ve focused on the ‘what’ — the content or the activity. But with the focus on the ‘why’, I think how these align with the learning objectives so the learner clearly understands and hopefully becomes more engaged, and how I can provide multiple means of expression, engagement and representation.
I am reassured that instructional design is an ongoing, iterative process — that my courses are not ‘supposed’ be perfect and static, but that revisions, tweaking, changes are natural and expected!