What are the most effective uses/tips to become an Instructional Designer?
By William Allen Van Brunt
Four tips for becoming an Instructional Designer.
- Get educational credentials. There is a lot of research and science about how people learn and how to design effective learning or training products. Education credentials are needed by Instructional Designers to establish credibility with training stakeholders, subject matter experts (SMEs), and audiences.
- Become a “Microsoft PowerPoint” expert. Most companies or organizations have PowerPoint based training programs that are still relevant and current. They want the presentations reengineered using new authoring tools. Tools, such as Articulate Presenter and Storyline, Captivate, and others, have the capability to import PowerPoint presentations as a starting point for developing new versions.
- Promote your ISD skills when working with SMEs and training stakeholders. I facilitated many SME meetings as a subject matter expert in Instructional Design. Instructional Design skills is what I bring to the group when helping them determine training requirements, develop training content, and design training solutions for performance improvement.
- Know how to design “Blended Learning” training products. Most organizations require some form of classroom training in their new training programs. Minimize lecture time and maximize hands-on training activities (20% lecture/80% activities) when designing blended training products. I ask the following questions when working with SMEs to develop blended learning/training products:
- What do you want learners to be able to do at the end of this training? Answers to this question will give you performance tasks. These tasks can be used as goals or objectives for developing hands-on training activities for the classroom.
- What do they need to know in order to be able to do those tasks? Answers to this question will give you information or content that learners need to know before being able to perform desired tasks that can be presented online prior to classroom attendance.