Infographic: Top Instructional Designer’s Skills

As we build our courses (face-to-face, blended, or online) we often need to be our own instructional designer.  Here are things to keep in mind.

Top Instructional Designer's Skills Infographic
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Here are the bulleted points from the graphic in text form.

  1. Make content friendly: A skillful instructional designer must be able to convert formal and heavy content into an understandable and uncomplicated resource in an innovative manner
  2. Make learning fun: Break away from just delivering facts and content. A skillful instructional designer must include different activities and exercises to make the process seem less like learning and more like fun.
  3. Wear many hats: Don’t just be an instructional designer. Step into learners’ shoes to come up with great content and design.
  4. Troubleshoot problems: Simplifying content, technical issues, meeting deadlines, sticking to a budget – there are many problems to solve if you are an instructional designer.
  5. Innovation is thy game: A skillful instructional designer must break away from traditional and stereotypical methods of producing instructional curriculum.
  6. Course architect: A skillful instructional designer builds, reviews and assists in the organization of the course and look and feel of the layout.
  7. Be techno-savvy: A skillful instructional designer must be comfortable with various kinds of media, devices and authoring software.
  8. Team player: A skillful instructional designer needs to be a good team player because he must understand the needs of the various functions of the organization before he designs a suitable training curriculum with his teams.
Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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