As an instructional designer you will be preparing instructional materials, tutorials and articles that serve as training resources for students learning a subject or for consumers or employees on how to use a tool or product.
Instructional designers are involved in the theory and practice of design, development, implementation, management and evaluation of processes and resources for learning. Their work includes collaborating with subject-experts and developing courses or curricula and creating training materials, such as teaching manuals and student guides. They may also design and develop e-Learning materials like educational podcasts and videos.
You can take up any stream at +2 level to become an instructional designer.
Pursue bachelors in any subject. Degree course spans are for 3 years.
Pursue Masters in instructional designing for 1 to 2 years in India or Abroad or pursue Post graduate diploma/certificate program in instructional designing for 1 year.
Since this course is still not common in India, there are only very few colleges that offer masters programme.
Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture
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Instructional Designers need to be creative. They need to be able to look at content and find new and exciting ways to present that information to the audience.
Instructional Designers need to be able to say a lot in a few words. They need good communication skills to draw in the audience.
Instructional Designers need to be able to research the newest trends as well as the needs of the target audience and incorporate them into the design of instructional material and training program.
Instructional Designers need to be comfortable around people and know how to converse with others to get the content they need to build. Understanding body language, tone, and wording can help the Instructional Designer get the correct message to then put into the training.
Instructional Designers need to have good time management skills as they are usually working on several projects at once. They need to be able to keep each project moving forward so the deadlines are met.
The ability to visualize the end-result is critical for an instructional designer. With the vision in place, you can begin taking the steps necessary to achieve that vision.
The e-learning and mobile learning world is full of gizmos, gadgets, and new technology which keeps changing. An instruction designer needs to keep updated about the tools available to the clients.