For my first assignment in EdTech 503 at Boise State University, I was asked to create a fictitious job posting for an instructional design position. For my job posting, I chose to create a ‘dream job’ for myself if ever I were to seek a position as an instructional designer. I based this structure loosely on a current position open at Google but adapted the responsibilities and qualifications for life in the mountains.
Part 1: Fake Job Posting
Whistler Bike Park is hiring for the position of Promotional and Training Program Administrator. The successful candidate will coordinate, design, and develop instructional programs and projects for mountain staff and promotional information materials for guests. This person will work closely with administration and staff to coordinate instructional projects. As a member of the Whistler Bike Park crew, your skills will help enhance the unique experience of this legendary mountain resort.
Each year, enthusiasm for Whistler bike park grows. Over the past few years, more mountain bikers visit during the summer than skiers and snowboarders do in the winter. With this influx of passionate gravity thrill seekers, it is necessary to maintain the highest level of trained, dedicated staff as well as keeping our guests informed and prepared for the Whistler experience. Instructional designers know what our staff and guests need to know and how to teach it. By delving into your extensive background, you will develop training programs by assessing Whistler guest and staff needs, creating instructional materials and delivering this content to stakeholders. Training programs can take on many forms from face-to-face instruction to collaborative webinars and it will be your job to tailor each program appropriately.
Collaborate with administration, staff and guests to develop learning solutions for each stakeholder group.
Identify learning objectives.
Create instructional objects including web content, informational videos, and print materials
Analyze business needs and propose innovative learning solutions.
Train-the-trainers and facilitate live courses as needed.
BA/BS degree in instructional design or related field.
Experience with creating learning content using multiple types of media
Expert knowledge of digital editing software and social media tools
Experience using web authoring tools like Adobe Creative Suite and Flash
Experience with creative video production including storyboards and current, extreme sport video capture techniques.
Ability and desire to work with a team
Two years of instructional Design
Proven ability to connect with youth culture
Avid mountain biker with DH/FR leanings
Teachers should first be subject matter experts (SME) with the knowledge of how tasks are to be performed. They must also be responsible for providing performance objectives and evaluating acceptable performance levels. Teachers are expected to employ specific, pedagogical methods to implement defined curricular objectives and foster an environment that inspire students to meet set standards. Teachers are expected to help students acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills. They must also motivate students to learn. Additionally, teacher need to be capable of implementing classroom management strategies to ensure that all students have the best possible opportunity to learn. The above description is what I strive to achieve as an educator. I try to create lesson plans and deliver materials engagingly, allowing my students the greatest opportunity for improvement. Through formative and summative assessments, I regularly evaluate the performance of my students while also asking for my students to provide feedback on the effectiveness of my class and teaching methods.
Instructional designers rarely work directly with students, but instead work with faculty to structure learning activities. By first addressing the needs of the students through needs assessments and evaluations, instructional designers tailor materials to enhance the learning experience. This is achieved by developing and managing learning management systems, providing online course modules and selecting the optimal method of presenting course information. The instructional designer is able to understand the topic content but does not have a deep knowledge of the subject. Instead of using a pedagogical approach to creating materials, instructional designers are guided by ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate). I feel that I am quite lucky in my current profession and place of employment in that I am allotted a significant amount of time for developing course materials. Though I was not aware of ADDIE, I feel that I have, unknowingly, implemented this design model, at least at some level. I look forward to further delving into this systematic approach.
Narrowing the differences between teachers and instructional designers, three major areas remain. First, teachers deliver the materials to the students. Instructional designers create the method the materials are displayed but do not often interact with students. Second, teachers are experts in their subject and know what the students are required to learn and how best to manage learning. Designers can work with educators from various fields and apply ADDIE to create materials to support each instructor. Third, teachers are required to do more than implement materials. They must communicate with parents, interact with students, foster a positive learning environment, grade and evaluate/modify lesson plans. Instructional designers design tools that allow students to best grasp concepts being taught and evaluate the effectiveness of the tools created.