An Instructional Designer’s Philosophy
I once read, and wholeheartedly agree, “Instructional Designers create easy-to-understand educational materials for training and development purposes. They understand the process of learning and use graphics & creative strategies to make the material effective and interesting.”
As I think about who I am and what I do, I decided to share my thoughts about my career passion. As an Instructional Designer, I have a philosophy to designing effective instruction.
My instructional design philosophy can be summed in a few points:
- Learning should be about connecting to the content and then sharing your knowledge and interests with others.
- An instructional designer curates knowledge. We provide learners with valuable connections to subject matter experts and information.
- Learners should be able to explain or repeat the lesson to a partner.
- Learners should be able to share the knowledge with a group of people.
- Adults need to know why they need to learn something and how it benefits them. Making this transparent is the start to good Instructional Design
- Learners should be able to discuss how they use the information, how it benefits them, and any issues they have with the information.
- A good instructional designer facilitates this discussion and provides recommendations, best practices and suggestions for mitigating the issues.
- Learners should establish goals. If learners are not driven to set goals for themselves, instructional designers must aid in the development of these goals. Once learning goals are set, instructional designers must create and facilitate instruction that helps accomplish these goals.
- Good instructional design allows users to experience and interact with the content.
- It’s okay to learn by doing and learn by making mistakes.
Instructional Designers don many hats, including that of producer, coordinator, and facilitator. Read more about these roles here.
Posted on August 21, 2013, in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Tausend Talks Shop and tagged Instructional Design, Instructional Designer, Instructional Technology. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.