First of all, I have to say that this post has been very interesting for me because I didn’t know the real meaning of an instructional designer.
Actually, I have found on internet a lot of people who work as instructional designer with his/her own profile, but I have decided speak about Christy Tucker.
Nowadays Christy is an instructional designer. I have to thank her for all the information because I found one blog of wordpress about the general information of instructional designer made by herself.
She has her own web page where she says that her career “has always been about helping people learn in one way or another”. She has been teacher and trainer, but since 2004 she has been working in online learning and since 2006 she has been bloggin at Experience E-Learning.
Her main competence is create online learning that uses technology and storytelling effectively to draw participants in and let them practice new skills in ways that will easily transfer to their real life and jobs. Also, she does Scenario-Based Learning, Software Training and LMS, Social Media and Technology Planning.
If you want know more about her, here is the full profile of her web page:
This is a good example of the meaning of an instructional designer. Without a doubt I think that Christy is a good professional on her work, but I have found one web page which shows the most important competences/qualities of the “perfect” instructional designer. These are:
Conceptually and intuitively understand how people learn.
Know how to connect with an audience on an emotional level.
Be capable of imagining oneself as the learner/audience member.
Be obsessed with learning everything.
Brainstrom creative treatments and innovative instructional strategies.
Visualize instructional graphics, the user interface, interactions and the finished product.
Write effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts and video scripts.
Meld minds with Subject Matter Experts and team members.
Know the capabilities of E-Learning development tools and software.
Understand related fields-usability and experience design, information design, communications and new technologies.
Here is the link of the web page mentioned. It’s very interesting to learn more things about this profession.
From my point of view, there is no defined training and formation to be an instructional designer. I have read profiles of other people and it’s seems like almost all these professionals have a mix of formation in their lives. No important what they have studied if their vocation as instructional designer is real. I think that is quite valuable if the person has a mix of a lot of culture, formation and then energy to work well. That’s the fact I need to be a good teacher ;).