What does an eLearning Designer do?
Unlike eLearning Developers who generally focus solely on the development of a program, eLearning Designers are involved in the actual design of the learning – including sequencing, content and instruction. The online education designer will typically work with subject matter experts (SME) to create the learning materials and design the flow of the course before then creating the program using an appropriate authoring tool.
eLearning Designer: Key responsibilities
- Design and structure learning experiences to ensure they follow a logical flow
- Create eLearning materials that deliver complex concepts in an effective way
- Provide clear instruction to enable learning
- Use appropriate authoring tools to efficiently deliver the content and responsive eLearning design
- Select suitable interactive elements, features and methods for delivering content
- Use diagrams, graphics and photos to provide content and context visually
- Design and develop assessment in line with learning outcomes
- Publish eLearning on a Learning Management System (LMS)
- Review evaluation results to determine the effectiveness of the eLearning program
- Continuously improve eLearning programs based on evaluation results
To create effective instruction, and to communicate with stakeholders, SMEs, instructors, video developers, graphic designers and other relevant persons
eLearning Designers should have the learner front of mind in everything that they do.
When designing and developing eLearning, they should ask themselves:
- Is it easy to navigate?
- Is the content clear and concise?
- Are the activities relevant, impactful and contextualised?
- Does it include a variety of interactions and elements to keep learners engaged?
Eagerness to Learn
eLearning is an innovative field that is continuously evolving. Authoring tools and software are constantly updated to incorporate new, complex elements and features, which open up further possibilities for delivering content in engaging and effective ways.
It’s important that eLearning Designers are keen learners to:
- Keep up with the latest learning research and trends
- Develop skills in areas that will support eLearning design
- Build and refine skills in using various authoring tools and design software
- Deliver effective educational design services
Creative and innovative eLearning Designers will:
- Explore methods of delivering content in more engaging, inciteful and efficient ways
- Create rich learning tasks that deepen learners’ understanding
- Develop realistic, interactive scenarios that support learners in applying concepts in context
- Ideate designs for images, diagrams, infographics, videos and other elements that will enhance the content
Whilst instructional design and eLearning both involve the design and development of adult learning experiences, there are some differences.
Instructional design involves identifying learning needs, establishing learning outcomes and creating learning solutions. Instructional Designers apply adult learning principles and instructional design principles to design learning experiences that support learners in developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to achieve the desired outcomes. Instructional design is a term that encompassing a range of delivery methods, including face-to-face, facilitator-led learning, self-paced learning, leader-led learning, on-the-job training, online learning and eLearning. In many cases, a blended learning solution is used. This means eLearning could for one part of a much broader learning solution that involves a number of delivery methods.
eLearning a specific delivery method. eLearning is completed online. It is generally self-paced. eLearning is typically responsive to various devices, including desktops, tablets and mobiles, however this depends on the authoring tool used to develop the program. Whilst Instructional Designers may design eLearning using a storyboard, eLearning Developers create the eLearning program using an authoring tool. eLearning Designers often have some skills instructional design, as well as eLearning development. Therefore, if an Instructional Designer decides eLearning is a suitable solution for the learning needs, the eLearning Designer can take it from there.
At DLD, our Instructional Designers are also eLearning Designers and eLearning Developers. This means our consultants can take projects from concept through to delivery!