Subject matter experts know a lot about their subject--that’s why they are experts! They also may know a lot about teaching. So why do they need an instructional designer?
In an online course, the dynamics of learning are very different--and there is no ongoing interaction and immediate feedback from learners to indicate that the presentation is working.
Instructional designers focus on the way online course content is assembled and presented to the learner; they represent the non-experts who need to understand the material. They can help a subject matter expert ensure that the pacing, level, and presentation of the course is appropriate for an online or blended environment and that it will work well for a range of learners.
At Unicon, we have been creating and delivering highly effective online courses for more than 20 years.
In Part 2 of our instructional design vlog series, two members of our experienced instructional design team explain how instructional designers and subject matter experts work together to create the best possible learning experience.
Other blogs in this series:
What Can An Instructional Designer Do For Me - Episode 1: What is Instructional Design?