2018 Instructional Design Trends

2018 Instructional Design trends

How far have you come as an Instructional Designer? Far enough. How can you be sure of that? The number one reason it is safe to assume that instructional designers have come a long way is the unavoidable awareness about them. More and more organizations are seeking the professional services and consultations of these unsung heroes. Accreditation bodies are no longer showing mercy to training institutes and higher education organizations who have laurelled the ropes of an instructional designer, but do not possess a formal schooling of an ID. 2018 is definitely the year of the Instructional Designer! In this article, we bring to you the top trends instructional designers should be actively engaged in to develop.

The greater demand for these experts comes with the enormous popularity of the educational technology tools and trends. Learners and trainees have spoken. They have expressed their preferences and the need for superior quality media for learning – more than ever. Learners and trainees require deeper levels of engagement and interaction with the learning material. They are motivated to learn and perform better when learning is delivered through their preferred media and formats. Knowledgeable educators are no longer containing their knowledge within the confines of stand-alone Power Points. They are constantly in search of media that will convey their message. Instructional designers are quickly bridging the gap between learners and knowledge providers. Here are the top trends of 2018 that need the immediate attention of instructional designers:

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E-Learning Specialties Gaining Popularity

ELearning Specialties Gaining Popularity

eLearning Specialties That Are On The Rise

Selecting a specialty can give you the opportunity to become a master at your craft. You can be the "go-to" expert in your field, and turn your passion for eLearning into a lifelong career. While there are a myriad of eLearning specialties to choose from, here are a few rapidly growing eLearning specialties you may want to consider.

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Become a Sleuth: Unlock Your Training Needs Core Questions

Researching through the cardinal requirements of a training would need you to put on your Sherlock Holmes hat! Before we begin to determine why a training program is needed or has been requested, we need to identify whether the training is needed or not. When instructional designers put on the Sherlock Holmes hat, they often over-estimate their training needs analysis strategies. Let me put it this way: a training needs analysis is NOT a course needs or instruction needs analysis. In fact, a course/instruction needs analysis is a subset of a training needs analysis. This article will be a much-needed refresher for any instructional designer (and of course a training needs analyst).

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xAPI: The Rising Power of Knowledge Management

 

Meet xAPI – the experience API. The real hero behind many of the learner analytics you use. Working meticulously with the LRS, the Learning Resource Store - the xAPI generates a broad-level learner analytics. In case you need to hear again, The xAPI is the “big data” generator of the eLearning world. Why should you be bothered? Plenty of reasons. Here are a few I tried to grasp in this article.

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Agile Development: What You didn’t Know About Responsive Evaluation

A great way to measure the usability of an instruction design model is by reviewing the gold version of your eLearning project. The gold version is the final version where your product is supposedly “100%” ready to be rolled out for learning consumption.

During this phase of your instruction design process, do you find yourself anxious, stressed out? Butterflies in the belly? Are you thinking along these lines: Would the program be acceptable by all stakeholders? Hopefully there are no use case errors. Hopefully the special case prototype you spent literally a day designing, works well.

Have you been pacing up and down the hallway while the reviewers fill out their evaluation form on your eLearning program?

Ok, if this is you, then this article is definitely for you.

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