Now more than ever, remote learning and working are becoming increasingly prevalent in our world, and with that comes a demand for more instructional designers. What is an instructional designer? You could call them the masterminds behind remote schooling and professional training. Instructional designers work with industry experts to translate their knowledge of the subject or job into a palpable online learning experience.
While Covid-19 certainly put the demand for more instructional designers on high-drive, many companies are now announcing that they’re planning to adopt this “new-normal” permanently. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand will grow 6% by 2028, a growth rate faster than average. According to Johnson & Wales professor and online instructor Letta Campbell D.M., “instructional design is absolutely essential to effectively and strategically meet organizational goals and learning outcomes.” She added, “Since we have seen the fall-out from responding to the changing learning needs due to Covid-19, I believe there will be more focus on instructional design.”
What is Instructional Design?
In short, instructional design is taking traditional in-person lessons or courses, whether that be educational or occupational training, and translating it into an online experience. Instructional designers use their knowledge of best-practice learning theories to collaborate with either faculty or industry professionals who provide source material and expert knowledge to teach or train students or workers. Campbell describes instructional design by saying it’s “the process of linking learning theory, outcomes, and instruction methods to produce high-quality teaching.”.
Read more about the day in the life of an instructional designer here.
What Courses Do Instructional Design Students Take?
In the MS – Instructional Design program at Johnson & Wales, you’ll take classes like:
- Theoretical Foundations of Learning, Design, and Technology
- Principles of Instructional Design
- Project Management for Learning and Development
- Emerging Trends in Multimedia
- Team Dynamics
- And More!
What Can I Do with a Degree in Instructional Design?
With a degree in instructional design, you are able to work in either the educational or business field. For Campbell, who has worked in both, while she says they are similar, both have their distinct advantages and disadvantages.
Regarding the business world, she has this to say about the job: “In the corporate world, compensation is higher and promotional opportunities tend to be greater. In the corporate world you have to be able to ‘sell’ or tie proposals to the bottom line. While job security is a tad lower, in corporate world that is changing in the post-Covid-19 world.”
As for the educational field, Campbell describes it as such: “Higher Education pays a little less, but job security is higher. However, I have found new program development and innovation a little easier to get approved in Higher Ed than in the corporate world.”