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Instructional Design

Summary

Instructional Designing involves creating instructional experiences which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficiently, effectively and in a more appealing manner. It involves identifying the needs of the learner, defining the purpose of instruction and developing efficient learning experiences to meet the purpose. Typically, an instructional designer create blueprints for a training course for corporations/ government, design e-learning and online courses and develop learning tools for educational institutions

Career Opportunities as an Instructional Designer

  • Education
    Instructional designers are required in the field of education to create or revise teaching materials or curriculum that meet the needs of diverse learners from elementary aged children to college students.
  • Corporate sector
    Instructional designers are required in this sector to develop and design training modules, e learning modules, or also to develop mobile apps. Instructional designers are usually required to be good at using the latest technology.

How to Become an Instructional Designer

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
path 1
Class XII with Any Stream Pursue Bachelors in instructional designing for 3 yearsPursue Masters in instructional designing for 1-2 years in India or Abroad-
path 2
Class XII in Any Stream Pursue Bachelors in any field for 3 yearsPursue Post graduate diploma/certificate program in instructional designing for 1 year-

Important Facts

  • A course in education technology at the graduation or post graduation level is also helpful in becoming an instructional designer.

Leading Institutes

Top Instructional Design Institutes in India
College Location Website
Symbiosis centre for Distance learning Delhi, Pune, Nasik, Bangalore www.scdl.net
Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University Mumbai www.sndt.ac.in/ofdl/programme-2
Indira Gandhi National Open University Distance Learning Delhi www.ignou.ac.in/ignou/aboutignou/school/soe/programmes/detail/76/2
Annamalai University, distance education Tamil Nadu www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in/dde/questdisp.php?cc=691&tname=may12
Top Instructional Design Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Georgia United States www.uga.edu
Florida State University United States www.fsu.edu
California State University United States www.fullerton.edu
University at Albany, State University New York United States www.albany.edu
University of Tennessee Knoxville United States www.utk.edu
Kansas State University United States www.k-state.edu
Kent State University United States www.kent.edu

Work Description

  • Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options
  • Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses
  • Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems
  • Provide analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards
  • Conduct need assessments and strategic learning assessments to develop the basis for curriculum development or to update curricula
  • Assess effectiveness and efficiency of instruction according to ease of instructional technology use and student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction
  • Recommend instructional methods, such as individual or group instruction, self-study, lectures, demonstrations, simulation exercises and role-playing

Pros & Cons of a Career in Instructional Design

Pros
  • Salary is high in corporates and educational institutes
  • High demand for professionals in this area
  • Flexibility of choosing curriculum according to interest
Cons
  • Can be a bit stressful
  • Requires constant updating of knowledge
  • Requires a high level of education
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