What Do Instructional Designers Do?

An Instructional Designer can:

  • Analyse learning needs and then systematically develop instruction.
  • Study instructional theories, tools and resources to develop methods that facilitate learning.
  • Relies on current research in educational psychology, educational theory and systems analysis to ensure the most suitable teaching methods are used.
  • Bases their decisions on proven instructional design methods.
  • Uses pedagogically sound teaching methods and the latest technology to design effective learning products.
  • Has a deep knowledge of the various strategies and technologies that can be applied to course design.
  • Works with the Subject Matter Expert (SME) or "content specialist"
  • Create:
    • Online and distributed learning courses
    • Tutorials
    • Workshops
    • Training manuals
    • Seminars
    • CD or DVDs
    • Assessments
  • Plans and implements the most effective training strategies.
  • Integrates feedback, student support, assessment and course evaluation into the training program.
  • Works with multimedia designers and programmers to implement the design
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the learning product.

Recomended reading

  • Don Clarke discusses seven theories for designing learning environment


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