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.

Infographic: Robert Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction by Nicole Legault

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Classic Works: Chickering and Gamson

One of the classic works in undergraduate education is Seven Principles for Good Practice In Undergraduate Education, by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. The article begins:

Apathetic students, illiterate graduates, incompetent teaching, impersonal campuses–so rolls the drumfire of criticism of higher education.  More than two years of reports have spelled out the problems.  State have been quick to respond by holding out carrots and beating with sticks.

There are not enough carrots nor enough sticks to improve undergraduate education without the commitment and action of students and faculty members.  They are the precious resources of whom the improvement of undergraduate education depends. Continue reading

Infographic: The Principles of Adult Learning by Nicole Legault

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