There are eLearning designers who can create some amazing courses and learning content. Content that’s so amazing it makes your jaw drop. But if you’re in the market to hire an eLearning designer, don’t be focused on just the “bells and whistles.” The best eLearning designers are not only masters of technology and design, they’re also skilled at partnering and collaborating with others in order to build highly interactive, engaging, and effective training solutions.
If finding an eLearning designer is on your list in the upcoming year, make sure to look for ways the designers you interview demonstrate these six skills and abilities:
Proficient user of authoring tools
Statement of the obvious: all eLearning designers should be proficient in at least one authoring tool. Whether they use Articulate Storyline/Presenter, Lectora, Captivate, Flash, or another tool, the eLearning designer you work with should have an excellent grasp of how to use that tool to design content. The best eLearning designers will also demonstrate a willingness and ability to design within the existing style conventions or requirements you may have.
Innovative and strategic thinker
While you want someone to embrace your existing systems and tools, it’s also good to look for an eLearning designer who will help you think outside the box. When you’re interviewing candidates, look for ways that the eLearning designer has demonstrated innovative and strategic thinking in their past projects. Ask for examples of how they collaborate and help solve problems.
An eLearning course isn’t built in a vacuum. The designer who will assist your team most is someone who is able to build and maintain collaborative working relationships. They’ll need to coordinate with project managers, subject matter experts, and other team members to ensure content is delivered on-time.
Tight deadlines and competing priorities are the reality in today’s work environment. Successful eLearning designers are not only able to build relationships, but they are also adept at managing their time and working independently. If someone is hesitant about their capacity to work well under pressure and adapt to change, you need to consider how that will impact the overall success of your projects.
Committed to quality assurance
There’s nothing worse than launching a course only to find typos, broken functionality or incorrect information. An eLearning designer should be able to tell you how he or she performs quality assurance checks and tests. Find this information out now and you’ll thank yourself later.
Designers are often asked to revise content to fit client needs. And then revise it again, and then tweak it here, and then they might be asked to make “one last change.” This requires a willingness to flex and adapt to client needs and requests. Being able to adjust in these situations is critical to delivering eLearning projects and programs on time, and to upholding your team’s reputation.
Yes, look for that eLearning designer who will take your content to the next level (who doesn’t love bells and whistles?), but be sure you’re also searching for that person who meets your needs as a consultant and partner who contributes positively to every aspect of the eLearning development process.
Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business. You can contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter.