Top 8 qualities of an ideal Instructional Designer

Posted by Elvin Green on May 25th, 2021

As several institutions broaden their online offerings, from K-12 and higher education coursework to corporate training, the market for instructional designers is skyrocketing. These instructional designers must be true chameleons when it comes to their work. They play a vital role in the learning experience and address aspects such as rising demand for skilled workforce, access to learning opportunities, outcomes-based online teaching and learning, and skills between different fields of study.  

The job of an instructional designer is in demand across industries, resulting in a multitude of opportunities for those with the requisite experience and skills to work in rapidly expanding sector. They must be acquainted with knowledge of project management skills such as negotiation and leadershipCompanies tend to find candidates that hone all the skills to execute instructional designing services. Apart from it, awareness of technology such as knowing how the digital components of the instruction you create work—including interactive assessment products, instruction delivery systems like Paradiso, blackboard, etc.  

Similarly, an instructional designer having web, graphic, and/or multimedia design skills can set these employees apart when it comes time to build digital materials to complement instruction. With the above-mentioned practical qualities that come under instructional designing services, an employee also must be having few soft skills that will set him/her apart from rest of them.  

  1. Quick learner 

Instructional Designers should be able to create learning solutions for every topic under the sun as a competent courseware developer. To do so, they'll need to be fast learners with minimum guidance from SMEs. 

  1. Creative explainer 

These employees use clear and intuitive explainer models at both the macro (curriculum designs) and micro (instructional strategies) levels of a learning solution.  

  1. Expository writer 

Different types of writing exist to communicate your ideas, but these employees should be able to write in an expository style while creating learning material. The material must be simple and easy to understand. Each piece of content should be organized in such a way that it builds one idea after another.  

  1. Instructional content visualizer 

Text, photographs, diagrams, videos, and other forms of instructional content are all examples of instructional content. These elements should be represented by an instructional designer in a fitting flow and graphic design context. Colors, symmetrical forms, arrangement patterns, and animation series are all part of it.  

  1. Keen Reviewer 

An instructional designer should have a keen eye for detail and be able to concentrate on and correct every aspect of courseware creation. To detect errors and loopholes in content as well as other cosmetic designs, a high-precision reviewing capability is needed.        

  1. Innovator 

Any learning requirement is distinct in terms of the desired result, learner, and material. They must be familiar with a variety of instructional models, techniques, and technologies. To combine various instructional techniques and create a specific learning solution for the problem, these employees must be a trailblazer.  

  1. Researcher 

A lot of content needs to be reviewed before creating a course. Clients frequently provide content as it relates to organizational practices, particular goods and services, or in-house created content (if any), among other things.  

An instructional designer's typical day entails defining and obtaining approval for learning goals in behavioral terms, as well as developing material from their own research on the Internet, books, videos, and other sources. They ensure that the final material can assist the learner in achieving their goals.   

  1. Tech-savvy developer 

These employees should have control over every piece of courseware such as content, visuals, course development tools, interactive strategies, etc. They should ensure learners understand the intended meaning in the course. 

This is not an inclusive list of skills but in order to land a job as an instructional designer, make sure you can confidently demonstrate most of the above skills through current and past work history. 

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