I was busy last two months and that’s one main reason, I have kept away from this blog. This month is better and I have been catching up with some of my friends and fellow Instructional Designers
A short discussion with my fellow Instructional Designers on the state of Instructional Design/Instructional Designers in India prompted me to write this post.
What is the actual state of Instructional Design and Instructional Designers in India today – This is something I guess all of us in India want to know!!
Note: When I say Instructional Designers, I do not mean learning/performance consultants. I mean people who develop training material.
Based on my discussions with people in the e-learning industry and what I have seen in the recent past, here is what I assume/think is happening:
- Rapid e-learning is very much in.
- Flash based e-learning exists but is getting stagnant.
- Software/Application training material dominates the e-learning market.
- K12/Soft Skills/Other non technical training materials are getting developed but not in abundance.
- MNCs still go for Instructor led training programs.
How does this affect the area of Instructional Design?
- Instructional Design can no longer be associated with creativity, innovation, thinking out of the box because templates, standards, rules and guidelines are very much in.
- Technical Writing becomes a part of Instructional Design because most Instructional Designers today work on SAP training modules or any other technology related training material.
How does this affect Instructional Designers?
Apart from regular skills/knowledge, Instructional Designers today :
- MUST/NEED to be tech savvy
- Domain expertise (software/technology/aviation/finance/more) is a must
- Must learn to work with templates, rules, standards and guidelines
- Must know technical writing standards
- Must know how to use rapid e-learning tools like Articulate, Captivate, Camtasia.
- Must know HTML, CSS
Well, whatever I have listed here is based on assumptions. I really don’t have facts or findings.
Can you help?
If you are in the e-learning industry or into the e-learning business, please take sometime to correct whatever I have shared in this post or share facts/findings, if you have any. This will help a lot of people in India.