What does an Instructional Designer do?

August 19, 2014 10:53 pm

What does an Instructional Designer do?

Dr. Joel Gardner explains what Instructional Designers do. This is a very informative video that I highly encourage you to watch.

Here is my perspective:

For an instructional designer it is really important to have clear goals in mind and to keep his learners focused on the right things. His main obligation is to provide his learners with context and multiple perspectives and to pass this critical thinking approach. When a group of people reads the same short story, or looks at the same picture, you can be sure that every member of the group will take a different peace of information from the material. The purpose of the instructional designer is to draw the attention to all the small details and analyze all the bits, so the learners can see the bigger picture.

The role of the instructional designer is to take the bits and pieces of information learners have picked and to put them together and make “a whole”. The process may involves the following six steps.

  1. An instructional designer should conduct a needs research and analyze the needs of the targeted group.
  2. Then, has to determine whether these needs can be fulfilled by learning and how exactly.
  3. Then writes learning objectives and conducts research to see what are the outcomes.
  4. Assess each trainee’s entry skills and knowledge.
  5. Based on all of the above analyses and outcomes, an instructional designer should choose the instructional strategies, training techniques and select the media formats appropriate for the training.
  6. After the course is over, he needs to follow-up participants and make sure the course has been beneficial and sufficient for their future personal and professional growth.

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