5 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2009 10:01 AM by rokenn3rd

    New Instructional Designer

    rokenn3rd Level 1
      Hi all,

      I am new to the field of ID. I have been an educator for 10 years but am trying to learn as much about all the e-learning software that is available, Captivate, Camtasia, Articulate, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting that first job or contract? It seems that they all want experience (at least 3 years). I feel like a kid coming out of college again. Does anyone have any ideas or any projects that I can "intern" on or work on so that I can get some experience or solid things to create a portfolio with?

      Any suggestion provided is helpful to me.

      Thanks in advance.

      Rob
        • 1. New Instructional Designer
          susannetic Level 1
          I'd suggest contacting your local community college. Most state systems have an online education presence and many hire adjunct instructors.There are a wide variety of offerings, from continuing education, technical training, to associates degree and college transfer courses. Perhaps you could teach an online course (training is generally provided, often instructors receive a supplement for developing online courses) and gain some development experience. If you’re not inclined to go that route, community colleges and universities alike are offering continuing education courses in instructional design and software to meet the growing demand for e training in education and industry. I got my feet wet with an MLA formatting in Word 2007 lesson on YouTube…it’s great to track who’s viewed your work and get some feedback. There is a plethora of information available… and some incredibly generous big time major experts sharing right here on this very forum…
          • 2. Re: New Instructional Designer
            psj3809 Level 1
            Sent you a PM rokenn3rd.

            Basically i would create some of your own training courses, host them on a site, and then contact potential customers. Thankfully MANY websites still have static help pages explaining their product.

            For me seeing a short demonstration of some software is much better than some 20 page help guide online. I've created short demos and then shown them to potential customers, once they see them they really like them. Try that route ?
            • 3. Re: New Instructional Designer
              rokenn3rd Level 1
              PSJ, thanks for that. I have been creating some demos and will be finishing them soon. As far as potential customers, what type of customer did you contact and how did you go about that? I hope that's not too private info.
              • 4. Re: New Instructional Designer
                psj3809 Level 1
                Sent you a PM !
                • 5. Re: New Instructional Designer
                  rokenn3rd Level 1
                  THanks. I responded to the PM.