Instructional Designer Role
Have you ever had to take required compliance training online? Have you learned about new product features and benefits to better sell it to your customer? Have you been through an impactful leadership development course? These were all likely created by instructional designers.
An instructional designer is educated and focused on taking complex information and making it easy to understand and learn in the least amount of time. The larger the audience for the training, the more it makes sense to staff an instructional designer for the project.
What does an Instructional Designer do?
According to ATD, instructional design is the creation of learning experiences and materials in a manner that results in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.
An instructional designer is a highly educated and experienced professional that has specialized in understanding adult learning, learning technologies, and instructional design models. These highly skilled professionals can find the best ways to help employees acquire knowledge and skills in the shortest amount of time.
What skills does an Instructional Designer need?
Instructional Designers are able to see both the big picture, and the small details. Some things instructional designers regularly do as part of their job include:
- Writing learning objectives.
- Designing and developing materials for the classroom or virtual classroom.
- Designing and developing eLearning and mobile learning.
- Designing and writing assessments.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of learning programs.
- Managing Learning Projects.
- Curate content.
- Gather knowledge from subject matter experts.
- Perform different analyses such as needs analysis, task analysis, audience analysis, and technology analysis.
- Visual design skills.
- Business acumen.
- Strong communication and business skills.
Whether you need classroom training, virtual classroom training (vILT), or an eLearning course, an Instructional Designer can build the best course with most impact on learning.
What software does an Instructional Designer need to know how to use?
- Articulate Storyline
- Articulate RISE
- Adobe Captivate
- Adobe InDesign
- iSpring Suite
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint