Instructional Designers (ID) come from various educational backgrounds. Regardless of their varied educational backgrounds, each of them come up with creative instructional ideas and strategies for presenting content. An instructional designer can be from any educational background but should have the characteristics listed in the infographic below.
Visuals, when used efficiently, go a long way in delivering high-quality training. Furthermore, the aesthetic value of the course is enhanced, and this creates a good impression on the learner.
In my previous blog, I introduced you to instructional design and its role in the development of e-learning modules. This blog will tell you about the evolution of instructional design over the last century, till date. Instructional design has an interesting history; this blog covers significant phases of the evolution process. Read further to know more.
The core job of instructional designers is setting learning objectives that identify the content and activities of a course. Instructional designers have for long fallen back on the celebrated Bloom’s classification system, created for traditional classroom training, to define their learning objectives and create courses that meet the needs of learners.
We discussed how style guides are significant in developing a course that is consistent and polished, and helps retain learners’ interest and deliver effective e-learning, in our past blogs. Style guides, as we discussed, save development time, make communication smoother, and help in creating products with consistent code and design. In my previous blog “Creating a Style Guide for Effective E-Learning Experience”, grammar, formatting, and miscellaneous elements were listed as the three key focus areas in style guides. Today, let’s discuss the basic components of what can be classified as the ‘grammatical components’ of a style guide.
Organizations are realizing that a well-trained and efficient workforce is a decisive factor for business success. As a result, training has gained importance and the ubiquity of computers and the Internet has made e-learning or online training, a popular choice.
Every job requires individuals to meet certain criteria to qualify for it. Professions such as physician, engineer, teacher, lawyer, etc., have set characteristics aspirants need to be proficient in.
Have you ever wondered what characteristics make a good instructional designer? Well, we all know that instructional designers create learning experiences that help learners accelerate their job performances. They have a clear understanding of how adults learn and their learning styles. They apply various instructional theories while designing online courses.
We looked at how style guides are important in establishing consistency and regularity in e-learning products that are professional and polished, in our last blog. Having your own style guide, reflecting your institution’s preferences is the first step in standardizing the style elements in e-learning. Creating a standard style guide saves time, effort, and the cost of bringing out a consistent and standardized output. Institutions can take help from popular standardized style books such as AP Stylebook, the Chicago Manual of Style, the AMA Manual of Style, etc., to build their own preferential points of reference.
An effective eLearning course does not just happen. It is made effective through good instructional design. The aim of an instructional designer is to create highly interesting and engaging courses by focusing on certain instructional design strategies. We follow these practices while creating engaging courses for learners. In my opinion, these best practices of instructional design will help you to create first-rate online courses.
Maintaining consistency and uniformity in online courses is essential, not only to sustain learners’ interest but also to have a positive impact on them. Content creation for online learning modules is often taken up by varied individuals/teams in an organization. Different individuals have different writing/presentation styles and preferences.