Hi I’m Ginger Nichols and I’m an Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer. What do I do? If you ask 10 Instructional Designers you will get 10 different answers. We all have a few things in common though. We all simplify information and determine how to appropriately deliver that information to learners to drive behavior change. Delivery methods include instructor led training, on-the-job training, job aids and eLearning.
I don’t build houses or cars but I build training. My tools are things like Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, InDesign and Photoshop. I use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint too. Check out some of the things I’ve built in my portfolio. I’m a little bit of a geek so I really enjoy the intersection of learning and technology. Out of all of the different types of training I design, I enjoy eLearning the most.
I don’t build training just for the sake of it. I build training because learners need to change their behavior to be successful at their jobs. It’s my job to work with a team of project sponsors, subject matter experts and learners to sort through content to determine the essential information that learners needs to know. I then develop a learner-centric solution to deliver this information.
Some people aren’t big fans of taking training. It’s my job to make it easy for the learner. As Instructional Designers we have a variety of tools at our disposal to create memorable experiences for learners that will assist them with remembering. I can incorporate tools like storytelling and games into training to help learners retain the content.
There’s no magic. No secret sauce. Instructional Design is simply finding the best way to connect with learners. It’s a field for life-long learners since it’s constantly evolving with new technology, techniques and theories to engage our learners.
Take a look at my portfolio. Reach out. I’m always up for talking about Instructional Design, eLearning or Matt Nathanson. 🙂 Just head on over to my contact page or Tweet me.