Since I believe instructional designers get better and quicker with experience, I want to share an idea to help keep you doing what you do well (instructional design and development). So how do we keep you interested and continue to benefit from your growing experience? Here’s my idea:
Help yourself to stay interested and help your learners at the same time by pushing yourself to try something you haven’t tried before. It does not have to be new to the field just new to you.
For example, have you ever really studied and then designed and developed:
This is just a starter list. You could make a list of your own and add to it on a continuing basis.
I personally ask myself with each new project if there is something I can do differently or new to me. See a little of my story related to my professional development using this idea of trying something new on each project in a previous DSA tip:
For those relatively new to instructional design, this is a great way to build all the basic skills you need to become a master at our trade. For those with a lot of experience it is a way to stay fresh and interested in your work and become even more masterful. For a manager, this can be a great way to retain good designers, keep them interested and help them feel empowered and valued. How about giving them more strategic work, too, as a reward for their experience and know-how. After all variety is the spice of life!
See you next time,