What's it like to be an Instructional Designer?
Instructional Designers plan, develop and optimise instructional material, including online courses, seminars, instruction manuals, workshops, tutorials, multimedia training modules and assessments. Their work is used across a wide range of industries and purposes, from instruction manuals for household goods through to curriculums and technical courses for business management.
Tasks and duties
- Designing, developing, and evaluating a broad range of instructional materials.
- Analysing requirements and methodically developing instruction materials to match learning needs.
- Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to determine specific design needs.
- Planning and implementing training strategies.
- Integrating feedback, student support, assessment and course evaluation into the training program.
- Studying instructional theories, tools and resources.
- Conducting user testing.
Instructional designers interact with a range of technology and have strong verbal and written communication skills, regularly consulting with clients and stakeholders to gain the necessary understanding of the subject to be communicated.
What can I earn as an Instructional Designer?
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How to become an Instructional Designer
- Complete a qualification in Instructional Design. This may be a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116), Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50216), or a Bachelor degree majoring in Instructional Design.
- Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock Instructional Design projects.
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