Being an Instructional Designer…

21x1qERPR4L._This article discusses what it’s like to be an Instructional Designer from the viewpoint of a young professional at the start of career.  It answers the questions, “What Excites You About Being an Instructional Designer?”, “What Difference does Instructional Design Make?”, and  “What do You Hope to Achieve through Doing Instructional Design Work?” It will be published in the 7nth edition of “Designing Effective Instruction”.

What Excites You About Being an Instructional Designer?

There are many exciting things about being an instructional designer. One that excites me most is how versatile the field is; almost every company and every industry needs an expert that can help develop and implement effective training practices. For example, Fortune 500 companies need training experts to work with Human Resources, instructional designers can be employed in the restaurant industry for establishing training procedures, or professors in an online program can benefit from the skills of an instructional designer. This variety of opportunities results in a dynamic field for instructional designers. In my own experience, I work with different Subject Matter Experts and content within an online higher education program, which makes my every day work refreshing and exciting, yet the change of content provides new and rewarding challenges.

Another reason why it’s exciting being an instructional designer is that it provides opportunities to work with both people and technology. At times, I work with instructors and professors who are not always confident in applying technology and learning tools to their online courses. Being able to break down difficult concepts so that they can see how technology can benefit their teaching strategy is rewarding, especially when implementation and understanding of the technology are a success.

It’s exciting to assist in adjusting pedagogy so that learning is more effective and appealing to different learning styles. I advocate for the learner so that they achieve their learning objectives in a way that is appropriate for their capabilities. Today’s diverse student body and work force has resulted in a variety of learning needs, including those with impairments. Instructional design plays in integral role in assuring that all learners have a chance to succeed in their educational goals.

Finally, with the advancement in learning technologies and the drive of learners to obtain knowledge, instructional design is exciting because of the chance of innovation it affords. In my work, I’m asked to evaluate new technologies to determine if use would be beneficial to the overall learning goals of the institution. As an instructional designer, I enjoy being a part of a driving force of change in education.

What Difference does Instructional Design Make?

Utilizing instructional design principles and models can result in significant change in the overall learning process. Instructional Design bridges the gap between content and learning by evaluating the current state and needs of a learner and setting appropriate goals for instruction. In addition, instructional design results in the creation of an “intervention” to facilitate the newly defined instructional goals.

Instructional Design focuses on the learner, the instructor, and the dissemination of content by adjusting pedagogies that result in efficient, effective, and appealing learning situation for a variety of learning types. Learning is no longer a one-way street where learners are “talked at” and asked to recite material verbatim. Instructional design makes a difference in establishing the best way to articulate and assess learning.

What do You Hope to Achieve through Doing Instructional Design Work?

My goals in doing instructional design work include improving the way learning is done by advocating the needs of the learner. I also hope to improve learning by inspiring instructors, trainers, and professors on how they can branch out from the typical course lecture (talking head) to a greater interactive course environment. In doing so, I hope to stimulate effective learning that leads to an overall retention and success of adult learners.  On a greater scale, I hope to take part in innovative research that continues to shape how learners, instructors and content interact.


About Julie Tausend Burba

Instructional Designer at Hulu, Ed Tech and Project Management enthusiast. MBA Technology Management, MS Management, BS Communications, Traveler and Cook.

Posted on March 28, 2012, in ePortfolio Pieces, Instructional Design, Publications, Tausend Talks Shop and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. happy i found your blog, there are so many useful things in here. i’ve bookmarked you so i can always have access to your posts.

  2. interesting discussion

  3. What is exciting is the laenring journey itself! We have gathered a group of enthusiastic teachers and their students to join in a collaborative journey together. We have gained momentum through each other’s enthusiasm to embrace the challenge, How to learn and teach using a new technology the iPad 2 .I think that we will discover a way to create authentic laenring experiences using an electronic pencil. It is the new tool of the classroom and we are discovering together the educational applications as well as the artistic creativity of this tool. It’s capabilities are endless and we will engage students because it is something children like to play with. We may not want to call it a toy but we are playing with technology. Not just entertaining ourselves but mindful development of laenring outside the box.It creates excitement in all of us because it is laenring to use a modern machine which an adult has developed and children learn to use it by playing with it. Adults like to play too!We are throwing our group into the cyber sandbox. We won’t have much time for entertainment! This is entertainment we will be busy laenring to find apps, creating ePubs, accessing information, posting, tweeting, blogging and more! Enjoy the journey and drive away with us!

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