Monday, June 9, 2014

Your future in Instructional Design & Technology

The field of instructional design is undergoing some very significant changes, and Post University is changing with it.  This fast growing field has actually been around for decades, but the way technology is now used to distribute information has dramatically changed and created an overwhelming need for instructional design skills. 

What exactly is instructional design?  It is a systematic approach used to design, develop, and deliver instructional or educational content to learners.  Some of the content that instructional designers create includes e-learning training modules, online courses, mobile learning apps, virtual simulations, instruction sheets, and job aids. 

Man typing on computer and smiling at camera.
Instructional Designers create digital and virtual training content. 
In the new undergraduate Instructional Design and Technology program at Post University, students will use computer graphics and web design tools to build richer, more engaging learning experiences. They will also design and develop high-quality, digitally-based teaching and learning projects and explore ethical considerations related to the design and development of instruction.

When training to become an instructional designer, students will study first about learning theory, or how people learn.  These theories help instructional designers to truly understand the learning process, how people remember things, and the different ways in which learning is remembered. 

Instructional design training will also include learning several different instructional design models intended to address different types of learning situations.  With this foundational knowledge, beginning instructional designers can advance to designing and developing their own projects and can begin practicing what they’ve learned, preparing them for a strong career upon graduation.

It doesn’t take more than a quick search of an Internet job board to realize how quickly the Instructional Design and Technology field is growing. A swift glance shows thousands of available jobs across the country, many of these positions require a bachelor or master’s degree in instructional design specifically.

This undergraduate program is now available to all students who would like to train in instructional design and become a part of this up and coming field.

Linda Kaiser, Ph.D. is the APM for Instructional Design and Technology. She is an experienced instructional design professional with a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning.