The Changing Role of the Instructional Designer

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DevLearn 2011 Conference - November 3, 2011

Mary McLean-Hely

Director of Instructional Design
The College Board

The role and various jobs of the instructional designer has changed dramatically over the last 15 years and continues to evolve today. What are traditional instructional design skills? What do you need to stay current? What are Directors of Instructional Design looking for in instructional designers? This session will address all these questions.

Participants in this session will look at where instructional design started, how it has developed, and the recent expansion of roles of instructional designers. You’ll assess your own skills on a rubric and set goals for yourselves. You’ll learn what the acceptable artifacts of your competencies are, where employers can find them, and how to stay current and maintain good learning. You’ll also learn about basic instructional design skills (formative assessment, gap analysis, research, SME development, writing, chunking, production, and delivery) as well as some not-so-basic skills that certain instructional designers have nurtured: cutting edge technology, rapid eLearning authoring tools, voice overs, videography, product development, and collaboration.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A short history of instructional design
  • How that relates to being a freelance instructional designer or a Director of Instructional Design
  • The different types of instructional designers
  • How to stay current in the marketplace
  • Assessment of participants’ skills on a rubric
  • Personal reflections from the group
Audience: Intermediate designers, developers, and others with some familiarity with instructional design. This session is ideal for instructional designers and those looking to build team of instructional designers – in house or virtually.


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