Instructional designing has become so relevant in today’s times when the learners don’t want to venture outside their houses.
The job of an instructional designer is to create the perfect elearning material as per the requirements of the learners. Learners have so many tools available before them, today, like YouTube videos, social media and online articles.
This massive advent of resources has been possible due to the technological development faced by the world i.e. coming up of search engines. There has been a great use of portals by people to get information. There is no need for memorization of knowledge because it is all available online, and the best part is that it can be accessed on a Smartphone which can be carried anywhere. Earlier, communication with someone to grab information about some topic used to take so much time, but now this is no longer the case when there are websites and forums related to specific topics.
There is a shift in the mindset of learners also who want knowledge to be supplied to them when they require it urgently. The workplace has now shifted to a digital mode where instructional designing is used to create new forms of elearning. The remote working employees need materials regularly about compliance training and product innovations. Therefore there need to be big changes in the instructional designing methods to make employees satiated for their thirst for knowledge.
But when employees have such huge databases of knowledge before them, how should instructional designing choose for them.
Choosing what is important
The knowledge can’t be used for ambiguous purposes. It should have a specific purpose like how employees can fulfil the organizational goals with it.
Sending such knowledge
Knowledge distribution is also quite important because it should be accessible by employees at all points of time.
How can we ensure that our workforce has imbibed the knowledge it needs?
Instructional designing methods
There should be elaborate needs analysis done to make sure that the instructional designing material is in tandem. Hence the data to be used for the elearning experience should be seen through the perspective of needs analysis.
Instructional designing to developing employees
The needs analysis is concerned with fulfilling the performance gaps of employees. For example, the employee attrition rate could be more than required and in that case, the employers should focus on collecting data about what is lacking in training employees during employee onboarding.
Data should also be collected about the success of the training program devised later like whether the employees participated or not.
How to distribute data?
Once the data has been gathered about what should be included in elearning then the next area is how to disseminate the information. Every distribution method has its merits and demerits but a company should conduct due diligence before choosing one. For example, regular learning is more important than one-time sessions. When employees learn continuously, their learning rate is more.
Role of analytics in instructional designing
Analytics are quite important for employees because they can make sure that the learners get good amounts of support in terms of knowledge transfer. The newly-hired employees may be deteriorating in their work because of a lack of skills. Hence there should be timely online training given to them through proper instructional designing methods. The resources at the workplace should also be accessible to them and they should be built continuously by the content creators of the company. There should be effective support given to a newbie who should be able to give his best because of newly acquired knowledge.
So, this is how instructional designing can supplement technological advances which have led to easy access to knowledge for so many employees.