Instructional designers or trainers work within education systems or businesses to design and develop learning experiences; these designers must ensure these experiences are efficient, effective, and appealing to students. Instructional designers must be forward thinkers with the creativity, abstract thinking, and intuition to create active learning opportunities that also promote lifelong learning. These professionals may use the traditional lecture or Powerpoint formats, as well as visual aids, various multimedia, and practice situations. Instructional designers must be able to work as a team and collaborate with many others, including educational professionals and students, to identify students' needs. Designers also provide tutorials, in-person training sessions, and support to faculty in delivering courses. Designers should stay up to date with cutting-edge technology, updates in the field, and innovative online learning strategies.
Requirements for this position vary depending on the organization and position. Instructional designers should have an academic and professional background in learning theories and instructional design models as they apply to their line of work. They should have experience with social media and networking, collaboration tools such as discussion forms, and managing multiple projects with a high attention to detail. They should also have excellent writing skills and experience developing attainable, appropriate objectives and pre- and post-assessments.
Instructional Designer / Trainer Tasks
Develop lesson plans, course guides, and other training documentation.
Collaborate with instructors to write course descriptions.
Aid faculty in the design and implementation of educational courses.