Posted by Nisha Amin on Mar 21, 2019 10:48:57 AM

7 Reasons You Need a Contract Instructional Designer 

Tips From Top Instructional Design Services Company

Contract Instructional Designer

Learning Leaders know that even the best managed training projects can be easily sidetracked. Some common issues include resources being reassigned to other initiatives, unexpected scope changes, and setting unrealistic timelines at the beginning of the project.

To ensure you can quickly get the Best-Fit consulting help, consider partnering with a training company. They offer expertise across all industries, specialize in adult learning best practices, and have a broad range of experience with authoring tools, Learning Management Systems (LMS), and other software and resources.

A top company will also provide Instructional Design services and have a recommended network of contract Instructional Designers with whom they work.

If you’re not sure what you can expect from your Instructional Designer, a quick breakdown includes:

  • Assessing and managing training needs and identifying performance gaps.
  • Developing training solutions that support strategic goals and leverages appropriate resources to design and implement the strategies.
  • Consulting and coaching senior leaders on learning applications.
  • Developing strategies, full program curriculums, learning architectures, learning plans and competencies.
  • Evaluating the impact of recommended solutions.
  • Provides a toolkit of methodologies, tools, templates for client adaptability.

When you use a senior Instructional Designer, you're getting more than just another set of hands – they have the knowledge and skills to add value to your learning content. Here are just a few reasons why a contract Instructional Designer is a smart, cost-effective choice for your eLearning needs.

Onboarding and training – A senior Instructional Designer is ready to hit the ground running on your project from day one. As a consultant, they will be onboarded by the training company, and will be trained in the modality, authoring tools and other learning and development areas required for the client’s business.

Equipment, software and other tools – These training professionals have invested in their own equipment and software – a laptop, authoring tools and other programs such as Instant Messaging software, secure file sharing through an application like Dropbox and other programs they need to do their jobs. They also have access to the templates, processes and tools to efficiently build more effective training solutions.

Deep industry knowledge – A training company partner will know your organization and industry and select a consultant who is an expert in adult learning methodologies and your field. This not only reduces or eliminates ramp up time, it decreases the amount of time your internal subject matter experts need to spend on the project.

Training needs assessment – When a senior Instructional Designer begins a project, they have the skills to perform a needs assessment to validate the project objectives. They can offer expert advice in the design and execution of learning solutions, to ensure the initiative meets and exceeds the goals.

Project management – A senior consultant is skilled at project management. They can take on the entire project, setting the schedule and coordinating with key stakeholders for review and sign-off at critical points in the development process, freeing up your L&D team to continue to work on their own projects

In addition to these exceptional skills hiring the right contract Instructional Designer also enables you and your team to focus on other priorities requiring your attention, leaving the project at hand to an expert that can dedicate 100% of their efforts to providing the optimal result.  In addition, a consultant coming in will also provide these benefits.

Diverse skills – Different training projects may require varying skill sets, and you may not have people on staff with the expertise you need. This can include knowledge of authoring tools, experience in different modalities, understanding adult learning principles, industries and more. An instructional design company can source a training professional with the exact skills you need for a project.

Cost-effective – Instead of hiring another full-time employee, your company may only need part-time, temporary or short-term contract help. You can get the experienced resources you need within your project budget and without adding to your overhead costs.

Don’t wait until you have an urgent training project need – start the search and selection process for an instructional design company today.

To help you, download the eBook “5 Tips for Selecting the Ideal Instructional Design Company”.

It covers the core areas and competencies to consider when choosing a company to deliver quality instructional design services that will meet your organization’s learning and development needs.

Remember to reach out the industry experts at TrainingFolks for your next contract Instructional Designer.  With over two decades in the business and over 30,000 contract learning professionals, we are the right Instructional Design Services Company for your upcoming training need.


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