Edtech 503: Instructional Design Job Description

1) Synthesis job description (you make this up based on real job descriptions you’ve read)

At our company you will find the best of the best.  You don’t have to commute nor work.  It’s just peachy over here.  So send us your resume and we will find a place for you and start your 401K as soon as possible and your life will be forever changed.

Summary of Job:


According to the blogster at “Experience E-Learning”, “What the instructional designer adds to the process is the experiences of learning and practicing; IDs [ Instructional Designer ] know how people learn and have ideas on how to help them learn better. If you are looking for engaging learning activities or ways to make practice closer to real life skills, that’s when an ID is who you need”.  This means that the ID is someone who can take learning activities to the next level.  If you can do that we will pay you money.

List of Skills and Knowledge needed:


– At least 3 years of relevant experience

– Special Education Credential or something of equal magnitude

– Able to work well with others (i.e. administration, department heads, new teachers, etc.)

– Excellent writing skills

– A thorough understanding of how people learn

– Create media to support learning

– Experience with both classroom and E-learning teaching modes

Like to have skills:


– Degree in instructional technology or a specialty in that or design

– Experience with such technologies as: Adobe Captivate, Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, Powerpoint, Word, etc), and Facebook, many web-based learning modalities

– Proven excellence in team work and lesson delivery (i.e. leadership positions, awards, etc.)

– Experience working with LMS situations like Moodle or Blackboard




2) Summary / reflection (see above)

1. What are teachers expected to do that instructional designers are not?


It seems that teachers are expected to be more independent than an instructional designer.  Teachers have to also do a lot of small things that IDs don’t do such as call parents, wipe noses, and deal with problems with the union.


2. What are instructional designers expected to do that teachers are not?


Instructional designers seem to be expected to have skills in more education technology pursuits (i.e. Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Moodles, etc.).  In addition to that, they seem to have to be able to work even more collaboratively than regularly teachers.  I repeatedly saw in the job descriptions that you have to be able to be able to work with others very well and be able to write well.  That makes me think that they are having to collaborate and write reports and lots of emails and other things.


 3. What are the three major differences between a teacher and an instructional designer?

                  – Instructional Designers are wanted to know Adobe Activate, while I, as a teacher, have never heard of it

– IDs are expected to be high tech, where many classroom teachers that still use overheads are seen as hitting mulit-modalities

– Generally, it seems that the requisites for the ID are the “like to have skills” of the teacher.  That is to say, what is expected from and ID is what is seen as an extra in a teacher.  More is expected of the IDs



3) Links to the specific jobs you’ve browsed

0)  http://jobview.monster.com/Training-Learning-Consultant-Instructional-Design-Job-Arlington-VA-US-113616348.aspx

1) http://jobview.monster.com/Curriculum-Developer-Instructional-Systems-Design-Job-McLean-Arlington-VA-US-113266112.aspx

2) http://jobview.monster.com/Kindle-Instructional-Designer-Portuguese-Job-Seattle-WA-US-113810975.aspx

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