What do instructional designers do?
An instructional designer gathers data on students’ learning patterns and educators’ teaching patterns to create innovative material. Instructional designers work directly with sponsors, stakeholders and subject matter experts to design online learning material for a technologically-focused student body.
As an instructional designer, you can work in the public or private sectors, and find job opportunities in various positions including:
- Curriculum developer.
- Instructional designer.
- Online learning specialist.
- Technology integration specialist.
Why switch from teacher to instructional designer?
This position is ideal for teachers looking to step out of the classroom and engage with content differently. Instructional designers typically work in a more traditional office setting, or work remotely, rather than in a classroom.
While the roles differ, much of the background knowledge needed to succeed in both careers remain the same. Because of this, many teachers in need of a change are transitioning to instructional design in education.
Why two ASU Online graduates made the switch
After noticing the impact instructional design can make, Heidi Laughlin and Mark Reese decided to step away from teaching and pursue their Master of Education in learning design and technologies at ASU Online.
We caught up with the 2022 graduates to discuss their experiences in ASU Online’s instructional design program.