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Defining the Role of the Instructional Designer in Higher Education - a look at master's program course requirements and recent vacancy announcements. What should new graduates expect of the workplace? Where can they find the best professional development opportunities

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  1. 1. Other Duties as Assigned: Defining the Role of the Instructional Designer in Higher Education Amy J. Hilbelink, PhD Melissa A. Venable, PhD 20th Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference October 29-31, 2014 - Orlando, FL --- #aln14
  2. 2. WhoWe Are: Why this Topic? Instructional Technologist Dean of Curriculum and Online Programs Director of Academic Strategies and Development Exec. Dir. Online Design and Development Instructional Designer Online Course Developer Online Instructor Curriculum Manager Education Writer/Blogger
  3. 3. What is Your Perspective? Project Manager
  4. 4. https://teachonline.asu.edu/2013/10/introducing-the-asu-instructional-designers/
  5. 5. ID Roles: What did we want to know? • How are instructional designers academically prepared for work in higher education? • What are higher education employers looking for in new master’s level graduates? • What are the existing gaps between formal learning and current job skill requirements? • What are the emerging needs in the instructional design field?
  6. 6. We gathered information from two sources: eLearning Guild: 23 Master’s-level Instructional Design Programs (U.S.) HigherEdJobs.com: 25 open vacancy announcements for “Instructional Designer” posted by colleges and universities
  7. 7. How are instructional designers academically prepared for work in higher education? Master’s Degrees in ID (core courses only) N (23) % Foundations/ Fundamentals in Instructional Design/ Instructional Technology 19 83 Multimedia 14 60 Designing & Developing Courseware 14 60 Theories of Learning and Curriculum 10 43 Assessment and Evaluation of Courseware 8 34 Project Management 5 22 Current Trends in ID/ IT 4 17
  8. 8. What are higher ed employers looking for? Task/Function N (25) % Consult, guide faculty on new course design/dev, selection of instructional 17 68 strategies Provide faculty development resources such as workshops, training materials, tutorials 16 64 Collaborate with faculty on course design, development, implementation 15 60 Work under specific approach or theoretical direction 13 52 Project management duties 12 48 Evaluate or test emerging edtech, delivery methods, trends, best practices 12 48 Implement, oversee quality assurance practices 11 44 Administer or support course production in LMS, assessment systems in collaboration with IT resources 11 44 Design and develop learning and support materials for faculty and/or students 11 44 Revise or assist faculty with revision of existing courses, periodic course reviews 9 36 Provide first-line tech support to faculty 6 24
  9. 9. What instructional design skills are needed? Technology Skills n (20) % Learning Management Systems 11 55 Multimedia design and production 9 45 “Instructional technologies” 7 35 Graphic design and editing 6 30 Web design 6 30 MS Office (spreadsheets, documents, 5 25 presentations) HTML – Digital Media – Web-based Communication Tools Web 2.0 technologies – Cross-platform – Web Conferencing Social Media – Mobile Devices – PHP – Desktop Publishing K-12 Technologies – Animation – Cloud-based Tools Instant Messaging and Texting – Internet Skills Coding and Scripting
  10. 10. What are the expectations for education and experience? Master’s 12 positions 48% Bachelor’s 11 44% Master’s or Bachelor’s + 2-3 yrs exp. 2 8% Instructional Design 18 positions 72% Instructional Technology 13 52% Education 6 24% Educational Technology 6 24% Curriculum Design 4 16% 3 years 5 positions 5 2 3-5 2 2 2 1-3 2 DEGREE FIELD OF STUDY EXPERIENCE
  11. 11. Is there a gap between formal education and soft skills needed on the job? Task/Function Consult, guide faculty on new course design/dev, selection of instructional strategies Provide faculty development resources such as workshops, training materials, tutorials Collaborate with faculty on course design, development, implementation Project management duties Evaluate or test emerging edtech, delivery methods, trends, best practices Implement, oversee quality assurance practices Administer or support course production in LMS, assessment systems in collaboration with IT resources Revise or assist faculty with revision of existing courses, periodic course reviews Provide first-line tech support to faculty
  12. 12. What are the emerging needs of the instructional design field?
  13. 13. What are the emerging needs of the instructional design field? • Social media management skills: moving into marketing and promotion • Applied media knowledge • Recognition as experts in course and curriculum design • Project management tasks and roles • Collaboration among: key stakeholders!
  14. 14. Career Development through Academic Preparation Students Academic Departments Employers
  15. 15. Other “duties as assigned”… ?
  16. 16. Other “duties as assigned”… ?! • Represent department on campus committees • Identify and recommend OER • Evaluate adjunct faculty • Manage contractor deliverables • Event planning
  17. 17. Where is the best professional development for instructional designers? In this challenging economy, it's up to workers to make sure they learn the skills they need. – PayScale.com
  18. 18. Thank you for participating! Amy J. Hilbelink, PhD – Laureate Education – ahilbelink@gmail.com – www.linkedin.com/in/amyhilbelink/ Melissa A. Venable, PhD – OnlineColleges.net – melissa.a.venable@gmail.com – www.linkedin.com/in/melissavenable/ Enjoy the conference!
  19. 19. References & Resources Job Descriptions are Mostly Fiction and You Should Ignore Them – Max Nisen, Quartz Instructional Designers and Technologists – O*Net Online

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