Managing making

Getting things in order

An instructional designer works with many things. With technology advancing like never before and the pandemic squashing 10 years of cultural shift regarding remote solutions into 2 years, traditional classroom or in-person training is making way for e-learning.

For many organisations, e-learning is seen as flexible and cost-effective; it breaks down the barriers of time and location; and can be customised or repeated easily.

There are many different project management systems designed to manage things. When you factor in the different outcomes, KPIs, and production methods of different businesses, it kind of makes sense that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to managing a project. However, most instructional designers, and other learning and development professionals, adopt the ADDIE approach. Analyse, design, develop, implement, evaluate.

Expand the accordian below to find out more about the things I work with at each stage of the e-learning course creation process. It’s far from an exhaustive list. However, whether it be guidance documents on any necessary compliance issues or following branding guidelines designed to integrate multiple documents into a cohesive whole, this gives insight into some of the things instructional designers work with during a project.

Things I work with:



Training needs analysis
Current process documents
Current training materials
Service level agreements
Existing analysis documents
Project outline documents
Compliance documents



Subject matter expert material
Authoring software
Storyboards
Lesson plans
Learner interventions
Branding guidelines
Text, images, and colours
Course navigation



Subject matter expert material
Authoring software
Feedback documents



Subject matter expert feedback
Learner testing feedback
LMS software



Learner surveys
Job performance reviews

That's how I work with things. As an instructional designer, I also work with people. People include: commissioning managers and project managers; subject matter experts and content editors; IT specialists and LMS administrators; academic staff and learners; and other stakeholders.

Go to how I work with people to find out more.