by Nancy Hill
Things go wrong every day, there’s seldom enough hard data to figure out exactly where or how they went wrong, and the content owners never want to allow the instructional designer enough time to analyze the problem and craft a solution for it. Sound familiar? These five practical tips can get you started on an informed design that addresses real problems in an imperfect world.
Instructional designers interview subject matter experts as part of the front-end analysis stage of design and while planning and creating instruction and performance support materials. The quality of these interviews can determine the quality of the results, so here are some valuable tips for planning, conducting, and following up on your time with the experts!
The final three steps in Conrad Gottfredson’s AGILE instructional design methodology (iterate and implement, leverage, and evaluate) provide context and prioritization for creating workable learning solutions; for integrating technology, people, and research in our performance-support efforts; and for designing the ways we measure the business impact of what we do.
What’s the difference between an instructional designer (ID) and a lead or senior instructional designer? It’s more than simply having more knowledge of design principles and learning theory! The critical factors are all about business. Here are some tips on developing these business skills, specifically as they pertain to instructional design.
A video script is more than narration; it also sets the style and direction for the entire presentation and orchestrates the other elements of the production. Here are five ways to avoid potential pitfalls that could otherwise prove hazardous to your production!
Most people learn about their jobs informally, from colleagues and mentors, and by observing (or asking) more experienced employees. Learn here about two key types of informal learning, and how a central knowledge hub can encourage unofficial, unscheduled, and impromptu learning, while making it available to the entire organization—without killing it by making it formal.
How can an instructional designer deal with the mass of content available online today? There’s too much information pouring in on us every day to remember it when we are searching for examples, and there’s no practical way to keep a mental catalog of all those details. Content curation is the answer, and here are some tips on the subject, tailored to your needs as an ID!