What is the role of an instructional designer?
The role of an instructional designer is to help people learn – as effectively and efficiently as possible. How? By choosing an approach that is suitable for both the target audience and the learning needs.
An instructional designer is therefore able to:
- Analyse the needs and empathize with learners so as to come up with effective and efficient learning experiences
- Define learning objectives
- Work with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to source the content and process it thoroughly
- Structure and rewrite the content to meet the learning objectives
- Create engaging learning scenarios and activities
- Develop assessments for people to practice and test their knowledge
An instructional designer has:
- Strong communication skills (especially in writing)
- Pedagogical skills to actively engage learners
- Technical skills to enhance learning
- Creative skills
- Graphic design skills
- Project management skills