Steve Jobs said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Instructional designers ensure that learning works!
Connecting Learners and Content
Yogi Berra said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” In education, learning objectives tell us where we want to go. But, are those objectives quality? Will the learning activities enable us to get there? Do assessments truly measure if learners have achieved the objectives? Instructional design is the practice of creating learning materials that meet students’ learning needs. Instructional designers are the professionals responsible for ensuring that in learning we don’t only know where we want to go, but we know how to get there. Well designed learning is a home run or a win for all involved.
What Instructional Designers Do
- Align learning activities to assessments, learning objectives, and standards
- Analyze the learner group to appreciate the perspective of the intended audience
- Build engaging and interactive online courses in client learning management systems (LMS) for distance learning course delivery
- Correlate existing learning resources with course and program objectives
- Correlate objectives between courses for overall program design
- Create engaging learning activities with real-world application
- Design storyboards for eLearning module development
- Develop interactive eLearning modules
- Ensure clarity and engagement of student-facing resources
- Ensure clarity of instructions for teachers as to how to implement instruction
- Evaluate online courses and materials for adherence to accessibility requirements and universal design principles.
- Partner with subject matter experts to articulate content
- Write or refine learning objectives
Who Our Instructional Designers Are
- All A Pass instructional designers have been vetted with our proprietary process
- Average tenure at A Pass is 3 years
- Most have a master’s degree in one of the following fields:
- Curriculum Design and Instruction
- Educational Learning Theory
- Instructional Design
- Educational Technology
- Instructional Systems Technology
- Performance Improvement and Training
- Most have between 3 and 20 years of experience
- Possess both deep theoretical understanding and deep practical understanding of instructional design practices
- Work in Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, and other proprietary tools
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” Great instructional designers know that it is incredibly challenging to design simple learning processes. To accomplish this feat, professionals often rely upon proven strategies. Enjoy an A Pass developed infographic that depicts one such strategy.