5 Roles of the Extraordinary Instructional Designer in 2017
Posted: December 23, 2016
Breaking down a business goal with one strong punch, mind-melding with a subject matter expert and motivating a group to change a wheel on a bus going 90 miles an hour down the highway… is it Rocky… is it a Vulcan? No, it’s the EID (extraordinary instructional designer)!
The training world is filled with ordinary IDs. They’re easy to identify because they demonstrate a foundational knowledge of instructional systems. (Listen in to any happy-hour event and you’ll hear all about ADDIE, Gagne and Blooms Taxonomy, and mobile learning!) These ordinary IDs do a good job of ensuring that their company’s or client’s training solutions get built on solid instructional system design, with the appropriate activities and, hopefully, some fun. The experience of the subject matter experts who work with an ordinary ID is satisfactory but nothing special to share with colleagues after the project or experience is over.
This type of mediocrity makes my eyes twitch! So, as we approach a new year with a clean development plan slate, let me introduce you to the EID. The EID has all the knowledge and skills of the ordinary ID but then adds the following skills and qualities, grouped into five additional roles that propel him or her to a new level.
- Focuses on what’s best for others (clients, learners and peers)
- Collaborates effectively with others
- Looks at relationships as long-term and not transactional
- Is transparent with clients, partners and peers
- Possesses effective communication skills
- Analyzes problems to determine the interests of each party
- Actively listens to others and can “hear” beyond what is being said
- Helps others towards understanding and agreement
- Visualizes the big picture and understands how each piece fits with the rest to obtain the overall goal
- Sets long- and short-term outcomes that drive the goal completion
- Identifies potential issues and determines possible resolutions in advance
- Knows how to effectively engage the right people at the right time
- Sees problems early and help define impacts for the team
- Engages others to help determine possible alternatives or solutions
- Leads the evaluation of alternatives and gains agreement on best course of action
- Ensures successful implementation of actions needed
- Builds relationships that allow for transparent exchange of thoughts
- Coordinates the knowledge and effort of a group (AKA project team) to work toward a definite purpose or outcome
- Encourages the group to challenge each other’s ideas in effective ways
- Possesses strong willingness to give and receive ideas and support to and from others
As you consider the skills and qualities you want to develop or strengthen in 2017, do a quick assessment of how you stack up against the roles and skills above.
Share with us the ones you plan to develop or strengthen in 2017 to become an EID! If you’re still struggling, be sure to join us on January 24th + 25th for our free live training, “New Year, New Trends in Instructional Design”.
About the Author
Teresa’s passion for performance improvement started in her first management role. The ability to play a part in helping others improve and achieve has been her lifelong passion. She has worked with a variety of industries to analyze and solve performance issues and improve individual performance through development of innovative learning solutions. Most recently, Teresa has added certified professional coach to her repertoire with a focus on inspiring and guiding women to take on new challenges, find their joy and live a life full of possibilities. Teresa has two beautiful daughters and lives in Jacksonville, FL.