The Value-Add of a Contract Instructional Designer
Tips From Your Corporate Training Company
As a Learning Leader, you’ve likely faced the situation of having a large or high-profile learning and development program land on your desk when all your instructional design resources are at capacity, and you need to find top talent to take on 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 for the best design and development of your program. A top company will also have a recommended network of Instructional Designers they trust to work on your project.
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 project and instructional material. Here are just a few reasons why a contract Instructional Designer is a smart, cost-effective choice.
Onboarding and training – A senior ID is ready to hit the ground running on your project from day one. As a consultant, the ID will be onboarded by the training company, and will be trained in the modality, authoring tools and other learning and development areas and based on hours they can be available full time or part time.
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.
Needs assessment – When a senior ID begins a project, they have the skills to perform a needs assessment to validate the project objectives. They can offer 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
Before you need to hire an instructional designer for your next learning and development initiative, consider partnering with a top training company. You will get a skilled ID as well as the full support of the training company team.
To learn more about your options, contact the corporate training experts at TrainingFolks.