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.
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- 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
- 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.
- Wear many hats: Don’t just be an instructional designer. Step into learners’ shoes to come up with great content and design.
- Troubleshoot problems: Simplifying content, technical issues, meeting deadlines, sticking to a budget – there are many problems to solve if you are an instructional designer.
- Innovation is thy game: A skillful instructional designer must break away from traditional and stereotypical methods of producing instructional curriculum.
- Course architect: A skillful instructional designer builds, reviews and assists in the organization of the course and look and feel of the layout.
- Be techno-savvy: A skillful instructional designer must be comfortable with various kinds of media, devices and authoring software.
- 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.