5 Habits of Highly Successful Instructional Designers

5 Habits of Highly Successful Instructional Designers

“Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.” by Chanakya.

(Chanakya is often compared to Niccolo Machiavelli so he is called as “Indian Machiavelli”)

How am I supposed to be a successful Instructional Designer?

As the world is becoming globalized and the trend is changing from being just an Instructional Designer to being a successful one. Instructional Designers are those who have the skill, knowledge and required information, for the design that is to be constructed. It is a profession that contributes to the eLearning process, which in turn enhances the learning ability of the learner. An Instructional Designer should focus on the course subject and objectives, and be imaginative in the content presentation. To be a successful Instructional Designer it is also important to have the qualities of an experienced educator.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” by Steve Jobs.

In my opinion, Instructional Designer should have 5 rules or practices to be followed. The list is illustrated below:

1) Concept Based

The Instructional Designer should make the course content for the learners very clear based on a realistic approach of the concept. The concept should be designed in such a way that it gives step-by-step guidelines to the learner.

2) Capability to imagine as a learner

To have a successful course, an Instructional Designer should have a plan design, which is related to the need of the learner. While writing the content, the Instructional Designer should be good at imagining and concentrate or focus on required subject, case study, practical examples and good exercises.

3) Obsession towards learning everything

A good course can be developed or designed, when the Instructional Designer does additional articles and books to collect the material. To be effective, the more Instructional Designer reads, the better the ideas can be explained to the learner. Instructional Designers should have a rational attitude towards acquiring knowledge and skill, which they can share with the learners.

4) Presentation Skills

It is very important for an Instructional Designer to concentrate on the presentation skills. The main motivate behind this is to show the difference between the classroom training and the eLearning methods. Flow of the content can be enhanced by a variety of content type media, which will make a dry subject into an interesting one. This includes videos, graphics, writing audio-scripts and using latest technologies.

5) Set Priorities

Instructional Designers should concentrate on prioritizing the content, based on the objective of the study. Instructional Designer should prioritize developing their skills to manage multiple concurrent projects. They should customize and prioritize the course design and develop it so that the learner is benefited.

In my opinion these are the 5 habits that an Instructional Designer should possess, by which they can not only be effective, but also understand the needs of the learner.

What are the additional habits you think should be included. Please do share your comments.

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