What do Instructional Designers and Technologists do?
Develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses. Assist faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying instructional technology.
- Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.
- Teach instructors to use instructional technology or to integrate technology with teaching.
- Adapt instructional content or delivery methods for different levels or types of learners.
- Conduct needs assessments and strategic learning assessments to develop the basis for curriculum development or to update curricula.
- Design instructional aids for stand-alone or instructor-led classroom or online use.
- Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems.
- Develop instruction or training roadmaps for online and blended learning programs.
- Develop master course documentation or manuals according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.
- Interview subject matter experts or conduct other research to develop instructional content.
- Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
- Provide analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
- Provide technical advice on the use of current instructional technologies, including computer-based training, desktop videoconferencing, multimedia, and distance learning technologies.
- Provide technical support to clients in the implementation of designed instruction or in task analyses and instructional systems design.
- Recommend changes to curricula or delivery methods, based on information such as instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
- Recommend instructional methods, such as individual or group instruction, self-study, lectures, demonstrations, simulation exercises, and role-playing, appropriate for content and learner characteristics.
- Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods.
- Analyze performance data to determine effectiveness of instructional systems, courses, or instructional materials.
- Assess effectiveness and efficiency of instruction according to ease of instructional technology use and student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction.
- Define instructional, learning, or performance objectives.
- Develop instructional materials, such as lesson plans, handouts, or examinations.
- Develop measurement tools to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction or training interventions.
- Edit instructional materials, such as books, simulation exercises, lesson plans, instructor guides, and tests.
- Observe and provide feedback on instructional techniques, presentation methods, or instructional aids.
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