You can get into the field of instructional design two ways: the direct path (a masters degree or certificate) or the indirect path (changing careers from teaching or training).
Over the years, I’ve been asked by many different people what an instructional designer does and how to get into the field. Here’s my definition plus examples of common tasks.
Many people are reluctant to become freelancers or consultants because the risk seems too high. I’m not convinced that working independently is necessarily much riskier than a full-time job though. In fact, sometimes it can be safer.
I recently had the pleasure of recording an interview for Kristin Anthony’s Dear Instructional Designer
Last week I gave a webinar through UCI on transitioning from teaching to instructional design.
Everyone manages their time a little differently, but I’ve been asked several times what a typical day or week looks like. I’m an independent consultant, so my schedule is different from people who work full time for a single company. I work from home and have a pretty flexible schedule. It’s hard to say what a single day is, but here’s my basic weekly pattern.
Richard Watson has published three ebooks on the practicalities of freelancing in the elearning field. All three combine Richard’s personal stories about his freelancing journey with practical tips for creating and running a freelance business.
These 6 tips will help you be more productive when working remotely.
These are the tools I use to run my business and work with clients. I’m a one-person business, so I need tools that let me manage the business side of things efficiently.
While some recruiters and others assume consulting is a “backup plan,” this is my preferred way of working.