“Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs.”
But not everyone understands this… or the rest of this description.
I am an Instructional Designer by trade, if you could call that a “trade”. It is what I do for a day job. Every day… monday to friday and sometimes after hours if it is crazy busy. It’s a pretty creative job, but not one many people have heard of. OR something that would be recommended to people out of uni! And there are even wankier titles than mine which give even less information about what actually is involved. Haha
“What does an instructional technologist do…
– Evaluate new technologies to discover new and better ways to enhance instruction
– Assist faculty in discovering methods of improving their instruction with and without technology
– Conduct training sessions teaching faculty and staff how to use new technologies
– Conduct research studies evaluating the use of technologies and their impact on student learning outcomes
– Create training materials to accommodate the self-learners and provide resources for our “customers”
– Manage the implementation of new technologies on-campus for the use of instruction”. Source: http://instructtech.wordpress.com“So I thought I’d share, and explain what I do for a day job – AND – yes this is kind of a business idea reveal – What my business is going to be….
I started off designing work-books and training material over 10 years ago now – So it’s now really exciting to work in an industry that is super technology focused. What is going to engage and excite people, how do people learn, how can we make learning fun, and efficiently convey a message that STICKS. I get to code, or should I say add to my coding knowledge on the go when something doesn’t quite work as planned – play with web-design / wireframes, nerd out of typography, (my latest thing is Kinetic Typography!) Check it out – it’s pretty cool!