Instructional Designer- A blended mix of various skills
One question that generally comes into the Layman’s mind-Who is an Instructional Designer and what exactly does he do? To get the answer to this, first, we need to understand what is Instructional Design.
Instructional design is a set of activities that are designed to identify the skills, knowledge, and attitude gaps of a targeted audience by creating, selecting, and suggesting learning experiences that close that gap. The main focus of Instructional Design is to compress the learning process and fill the gaps.
The person who performs this whole set of activities is known as an Instructional Designer. This person should be able to research and analyze the learning needs of the targeted audience and should be able to use elearning tools and techniques to reach the organization’s ultimate goal.
The responsibilities of an Instructional Designer are not easy, he needs to perform multiple tasks such as:
- He is a designer:He designs the blueprint and specifications which can be used for delivering learning experiences.
- He is a developer: He develops what he designs, i.e. he is a course developer also.
- He is a guide:He guides consultants, technologists and trainers in whatever issues they may face
- He is a writer:He writes effective copy, audio scripts, video scripts and instructional text.
- He is a thinker: He thinks of making instructional design model more effective
- He is an innovator: He innovates best practices and innovative teaching methods.
- He is an explorer: He explores latest processes and skills related to his area of activities.
- He is a communicator: He communicates and maintains relations with faculty, teachers and clients.
- He is an evaluator: He evaluates all his designing and developments and comes to a review or revision.
An instructional designer can make a mammoth difference to the learning material and ensure that the learning goals are met.