Instructional Designers & Technologists
Also called: Instructional Designer, Instructional Technologist, Senior Instructional Designer
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Shaping a student’s education begins with a plan. What subjects will be taught? How will teachers communicate concepts and structure lessons? What measures will demonstrate that students have learned? Instructional coordinators oversee the answers to these questions, as they plan school curriculum and teaching standards. School boards, states, and federal regulations establish educational plans and teaching techniques for schools to put into practice. Instructional coordinators lead the effort to turn those plans into reality for each teacher, in every classroom. Instructional coordinators visit schools in their district to teach classes, observe teachers, and meet with principals to assess the effectiveness of curriculum. They train teachers on new methods, such as incorporating technology into lesson planning. When a district receives new standards, instructional coordinators ensure that teachers understand the new standards and how to achieve them. Some specialize in particular grade levels or subjects, special education, or English Language Learner programs. Instructional coordinators generally work full time, year-round. They spend most of their time in offices, and may do site visits. Most work in K-12 schools, colleges, government, and educational support services. Instructional coordinators need a master’s degree, usually in curriculum and instruction or education, along with several years of related work experience, such as teaching or school administration. Coordinators in public schools may need a state-issued license, such as a teaching license or an education administrator license.
What they do:Develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses. Assist faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying instructional technology.
On the job, you would:
- Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
- Define instructional, learning, or performance objectives.
- Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
- reading work related information
- using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
- read and understand what is written
- communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
- come up with lots of ideas
- create new and original ideas
- pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Analytical Thinking
You might use software like this on the job:
Computer based training software
- Adobe Systems Adobe eLearning Suite
- Blackboard Learn
Graphics or photo imaging software
Video creation and editing software
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