Introducing the ASU Instructional Designers [Infographic]

Introducing the ASU Instructional Designers

Infographic by Robert Kilman. Click to download a high resolution PDF version.

About 40 staff members at Arizona State University have the words Instructional Design or Instructional Designer in their job title. Even though there are a lot of them about (and some have been at ASU for quite a long time), for many of us, the full range of what Instructional Designers do may be unknown. We asked a large group of ASU Instructional Designers and Technologists to tell us about the work they do and here is what we discovered.

Communicators

The first skill we master in Instructional Designer (ID) 101. Listening, speaking, writing and presenting are all important parts of our day-to-day. Our work is collaborative by nature. We are skilled at building consensus.

Thinkers

We think about things. We brainstorm. We experiment. We look for new and better all the time. We think about human psychology. We think about aesthetics, design, user experience, flow, look/feel. We think about the different senses and how they come into play.

Designers

We design instruction/teaching and learning experiences. At the heart of the matter is often the alignment of objectives, activities and assessments.

Relationships

We are skilled at building relationships and rapport with faculty, staff, and clients. There is the potential for a lot of emotion around what we do.

Data Analysts

Data-based decision making is part of what we do.

Superheroes

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a media producer! It’s a collaboration expert! It’s an ID!

Guides

Instructional Designers are consultants, technologists, trainers, and evaluators. Whatever instructional issues you may face, we can be right by your side to help.

Builders

We bring a systematic approach to constructing learning experiences that includes analysis of the audience, environment, objectives, content, technologies, etc. Planning maps, guides, templates, process docs, outlines, storyboards, are all part of the way we approach projects.

Explorer

It’s important that we stay on top of the latest processes and skills related to ID work. We communicate “best practices” in teaching and learning (particularly related to using technology).

Project Managers

We talk about projects and project management constantly. It frames how we think about work.

Fixers

When a course link breaks, when a weighted grade column doesn’t add up, we can be there to help. We fix things that are broken. We solve problems.

Evaluators

We design, develop and evaluate content/instructional materials. Review and revision are essential.

Comments

  1. Ann Blackman says

    This is one of th best descriptions of instructional design I’ve seen. It is true that even though faculty depend on us and work with us every day, there is still very little understanding of the role of instructional designer.

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