What is Instructional Design?
Instructional design is the practice of using an understanding of how people learn to inform decisions regarding learning sequences and strategies, to provide effective educational experiences that meet learning needs. 
What is an Instructional Designer?
An Instructional Designer does much more than develop learning programs.
An Instructional Designer is a learning expert who can use their knowledge of the principles of learning and instruction to support skills, knowledge and behaviour shift.
This means finding the most effective, appealing and cost-effective solutions.
An Instructional Designer analyses the capability problem or ‘gap’, the task, target audience learning needs and learning environment.
By clearly defining learning objectives, the Instructional Designer can sequence the content and choose learning strategies to meet these goals. These decisions are based on both knowledge of proven learning strategies and practical experience. 
How do I become an Instructional Designer?
Unlike some industries you don’t necessarily need a qualification or licence to become an Instructional Designer. 
However, in order to develop effective learning programs, you should have a strong understanding of the key elements and theory that underpin the instructional design process – including how to conduct a learning needs analysis (LNA), adult learning principles and assessment strategies.
An ID course will help you to develop this knowledge and understanding.
Instructional Design Degree Programs Online
When deciding on an instructional design course that works for you, it’s important to consider the pre-requisites, location/delivery method, duration, flexibility and cost.
We’ve summarised online instructional design programs and the pros and cons of each, in the table below.
*Prices were checked in February 2020. Current prices may vary.
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An Alternative to a Degree: Instructional Design Certificate Program
Why would you consider IDA’s Instructional Design PLUS certificate program as an alternative to a degree?
They’re flexible in time, place and duration.
When you sign up, you will be granted immediate access to the learning materials.
Afraid of commitment? You can complete the program at your own pace – you’ll have access for life! This means you can get it over and done with quickly, to fast-track your profession, or take your time, take breaks (or holidays!) whenever you like without the worry of meeting deadlines.
The programs are delivered online, meaning you can complete them wherever you are at any time.
Practice as you learn.
During your training, you will go through the instructional design process step-by-step to develop your very own program!
We support you throughout.
You’ll be teamed up with one of our Senior Consultants who will review your program at key stages to provide constructive, targeted feedback.
We identify your strengths and areas for improvement to help you develop your capabilities.
We work around you.
We arrange one-on-one coaching sessions that suit your schedule.
Receive the practical tools you need.
You will receive our Instructional Design Toolkit – a set of guides and templates for each phase of our preferred instructional design model: the ADDIE Model. All of the tools you need to design, develop and evaluate your own effective learning programs!
A range of options.
You will develop an understanding of all you need to be an exceptional instructional designer and you will have lifetime access to templates with an included licence in perpetuity for an accessible price.
You’ll be awarded a Certificate.
You’ll be awarded an IDA Instructional Design Certificate on successful completion as recognition of your competency. Please note our certificate is not accredited.
To learn more about the instructional design programs we offer, click here.
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