Instructional Design Consulting
Instructional design consulting is the title used to describe professional consultants that work with companies to improve their training. Instructional design for corporate training has become a popular way for employees to learn information or skills vital to their jobs. Also known as instructional systems design or learning experience design, instructional design is the practice of designing, developing, and producing instructional content commonly used in education or training.
What is Instructional Design?
The instructional design process is traditionally rooted in cognitive and behavioral psychology, though constructivism has recently influenced instructional design and development.
Instructional design consulting services should be tailored to meet your organization’s needs and cater to several different disciplines within the company.
The Basic Elements of Instructional Design Consultants Help With
Analyze the needs of the learner
Instructional design development must carefully consider the learner’s needs to ensure the course is effective for the target learners. Determining the characteristics and needs of a learner is one of the first steps to take during instructional design development.
Set instructional objectives and goals
By stating the end learning objective for a course early on, the instructional design process can work backward to ensure the course stays true to the objective throughout development.
Create an evaluation method for the learner’s achievement
It’s important to base the end assessment off the accompanying course’s style to keep the learning experience cohesive for the learner. The end assessment should closely pertain to the course’s learning objectives to best determine if a learner has successfully understood the content and is ready to move on or needs to review the lesson for better comprehension.
Create and choose instructional materials and strategies
Your instructional content must be arranged sequentially so that one lesson topic leads into the next and culminates with the final assessment once the learning objectives have been accomplished. Most instructional courses utilize different forms of media to teach students with video lectures, audio snippets, interactive text for student engagement, and educational games being some of the most common.
Place the training into effect
The delivery method you choose for your course should reflect the courses’ learning objectives, the needs of your learners, and the situational limitations. Instructional design programs for corporate trainings may need to quickly reach many students all at once that are not in a centralized location and an online course might be the best delivery method in that situation.
Evaluate the training
A successful course should see most learners pass the final assessment and move on to apply what they have learned in their related tasks. If a learner was sent through an instructional course as part of job training the employer should see the employee use their training to better their work almost immediately.
Benefits of The Instructional Design Process
Modern instructional design and development are moving away from the “cookie-cutter” and “one size fits all” modules. Instructional design services should be geared towards creating custom and unique learning experiences that are specific to the learner. By using the instructional design consultant’s recommended method, both the learner and organization can benefit from the training.
- Results-driven instructional design leads to clear deliverables, accountabilities, and outcomes that can be tracked or measured to ensure a course satisfies all parties involved.
- Instructional design creates a blueprint that can be adapted and customized to suit a learner’s specific needs. In contrast, generalized training assumes all learners experience the same situations which can leave some learners woefully unprepared for unique experiences.
- By following an instructional design consultant’s process or model, you can predictably create successful courses despite differing lesson content. Consistency in instructional design does not mean regurgitating the same course material, but rather using the same process to consistently produce quality courses.
- The more invested a learner is in a course, the more likely they are to absorb the information, meaning: including learner engagement in instructional courses only improves the course.
- Quality instructional design creates a course that is the most efficient and effective way for learners to receive the training they need. As a result, the learning time is reduced, objectives are met faster, and no extra resources are expended saving time and money for all parties.
Types of Instructional Design Models Consultants Work On
There are many instructional design models, but most use the core elements, known as ADDIE, to develop new instructional design models. The ADDIE model stands for “Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation”. Instructional design methodologies vary between consultant, business and learner need. Each learning experience design model can use a variety of presentation methods with some classes being delivered to learners entirely online while other classes utilize a traditional in-person classroom setting.
Below are a few other popular instructional design models:
- Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction
- Merrill’s Principles of Instruction
- SAM (Successive Approximation Model)
- AGILE instructional design or Rapid prototyping
Our Consultants Assist With Instructional Design Solutions
SkillSource Learning Partners’ consultants create instructional design strategies that are interactive, structured and proven to be able to help your business and teams no matter their location. Our instructional design consulting services can be tailored to meet your needs in any number of areas, including:
- mLearning (learning for mobile devices)
- Performance support tools, quick reference guides, and job aides
- Instructor-led classroom training (ILT)
- Virtual instructor-led training (VILT)
- Video simulations and Augmented Reality (AR)
Activities That Our ID Consultants Typically Perform
- Conducting audience, task, and needs analysis.
- Consulting on best-fit media or learning technologies.
- Identifying and creating learning outcomes and mapping competencies.
- Developing training strategy and curriculum to support your business goals.
- Creating storyboards for eLearning.
- Converting or revamping existing training materials.
- Creating train-the-trainer (TTT) materials and/or running TTT sessions.
- Writing course content to align with learning outcomes.
- Creating interactive learning activities.
- Designing and developing technical training and communications.
- Developing style guides, standards, and templates for course materials.
- Developing evaluations (Level One – Four).
- Developing custom solutions to support sales enablement.