In today’s world, all the instructional designers do more than just creating eLearning courses, they are becoming jack-of-many- trades. ID’s just don’t deliver content, instead they develop online courses by putting themselves in the learners shoes and present the content based on the learner’s perspective.
Instructional designers need to become more than just educators.
Exceptionally good instructional designers have good communication skills, writing, editing, programming and research knowledge. Instructional designers play many roles; let’s see a few of them.
- Communicator: Instructional Design is all about communication. A good ID is able to communicate well with the clients and the SMEs and find out what message they want to deliver through the course. They then deliver the same message to the target audience. IDs figure out the best way to present the content and the assessments based on the learning theories.
- Writer: Most often the content what IDs receive from their clients are in multiple formats like word documents, PowerPoint slides, PDF’s etc. IDs re-write the content and then deliver this content in a more concise manner to their audience.
- Create a Purpose: Exceptionally good IDs articulate clear objectives within the course and always have an answer to “Why” learners have to take the course.
- Problem Solver: All IDs inevitably face problems while developing eLearning courses such as technical issues, timelines, cost-complications, how to make device compatible courses, etc. and they should be able to resolve all these issues.
- Facilitator: An essential skill of each and every ID is to create a storyboard for every small piece of content to be developed. Storyboarding is the main skill that makes your eLearning looks more professional and polished.
- Researcher: IDs always stay on the top of their field by reading a lot of books, articles, journals, and blogs to know how to create an effective instruction for their learners.
- Developer: The best ID is always capable of developing the course in the tool. The more you do, the more interactive your courses can be, like creating interactive elements with Articulate Storyline, or design, banners using Photoshop etc. You must also be a good media expert in using videos, audios, image selection.
- Project Manager: The ID also acts like a project manager when you have a larger team working on a set of courses. ID shows the ability to manage budget, time, and resources, and thus plays the role of a project manager.
- Editor: A good instructional designer will always have personal ties with the course and this will go a long way in creating effective eLearning courses.
Mastering all these above roles, will help you create more effective and interactive eLearning courses. Have anything to say? Please do share.