An instructional designer uses his or her skills to develop learning tools and curricula for educational purposes. Usually these materials are Web-based, electronic, or in-person. An instructor trains and coaches associates in certain lessons and materials important to company performance.
The instructors generally work alongside managers to confirm and identify training needs and effective techniques. Working with program deans, Subject matter experts, and other development staff, an instructional designer supports and manages the design and development of online and hybrid courses, and implements interactive course materials, multimedia technology-driven applications, and other support materials. They attend meetings and team functions in order to keep apprised of other client projects and other company developments.
Experience with certain company software is a must, since part of the job is incorporating these tools into skill-building modules and courses. Strong interpersonal skills are required, because designers work with people on a daily basis. Many times a bachelor's or even master's degree is required for a position. Organizational skills are very important, as well as excellent oral and written knowledge of the language in which they are training. Good leadership and management skills are also an asset.
Instructional Designer Tasks
- Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine specific design focus.
- Design, develop, and evaluate instructional materials.