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Competencies for Instructional Designers

Title: Competencies for Instructional Designers: A View from Employers.
Name(s): Kelly, Wei Qiang, author
Klein, James D., professor directing dissertation
Adams, Jonathan L., university representative
Dennen, Vanessa P., 1970-, committee member
Ke, Fengfeng, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (138 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Instructional design and technology (IDT) professionals work in various environments with numerous job roles. Despite differences in work settings and job functions, there are many well-documented competency standards for all IDT professionals. This study analyzed approximately 400 job announcements and 20 interviews with ID project managers. The purpose of the study was to determine instructional designers’ competency requirements from employers’ prospective in hope to align their needs with the IDT academic programs to prepare the future instructional designers. Content analysis was used to analyze the job announcements and interviews. Frequencies of competencies in both job announcements and interviews were calculated in this study. The study listed the top 25 most required competencies from job announcements and the top 25 most desired competencies from interviews. The results were clustered into five competency categories: instructional design, instructional technology, communication, management, and other foundational competencies. This current study also listed the different competency requirements for hiring instructional designers in four different industry sectors. In addition, the current study indicated that both entry-level and experienced designers should have skills in the five major competency categories, but experienced instructional designers are required to have higher proficiency, especially in the management and communication and interpersonal categories.
Identifier: FSU_FA2016_Kelly_fsu_0071E_13412 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: July 26, 2016.
Keywords: Employers' View, Instructional Designers' Competency, Instructional Design and Technology
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: James Klein, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jonathan Adams, University Representative; Vanessa Dennen, Committee Member; Fengfeng Ke, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational technology
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