There are many different ways to interpret what is Instructional Design. Wikipedia defines it as “practice of creating instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing” (Wikipedia, 2017). Our textbook defines Instructional design as “a way to plan your training program from the moment you the idea for it until the moment you complete the revisions of your first effort and get ready to run the program again” (Piskurich, 2006, p. 4). But to me, instructional design is much more than just creating an effective instructional experience, but rather it is a way to creatively teach others.
Christopher Pappas (2015) wrote an article called 24 Top Tips To Become and Instructional Designer. Pappas included 24 tips from different instructional designers on what works in their industry. There were a few that stood out to me: never stop learning; see the system and see the people in the system; study how to create sequential, progressive learning that supports the students; and develop project management skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills.
These tips are encouraging and thought provoking for anyone who is learning how to design instruction. Instructional Design should be learner centered and provide authentic learning experiences. There must be some sort of order and purpose behind the training. Instructional Designers must also understand their audience. When I teach my 7th grade students, I know what works for them and what does not work. If I were to lecture every day, I know my students would suffer and be extremely bored. When I add in authentic learning experiences and activities, the class becomes much more engaging and my students are more likely to recall the content. Adult learners are no different. If the learner does not understand the purpose behind the training, then it is useless in designing instruction.
In order to be an instructional designer professionally, I think it is crucial that you learn time management skills. The client will have strict deadlines, and you must adhere to them. It is also crucial to have fantastic communication skills. As the designer, you need to understand what the client needs and expectations are and you should be able to communicate your ideas effectively as well.
Instructional design. (2017, May 01). Retrieved May 03, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instructional_design
Pappas, C. (2015). 24 Top Tips To Become An Instructional Designer. Retrieved May 03, 2017, from https://elearningindustry.com/become-an-instructional-designer-24-top-instructional-design-career-tips
Piskurich, G. M. (2006). Rapid instructional design: learning ID fast and right(Second ed.). San Francisco: Pfeiffer.