So you bit the bullet. You decided to hire an Instructional Designer to help you with your ecourse.
Congratulations – this is the first step to ecourse brilliance!
Don’t expect to just shovel over hundreds of files, images and blog posts and expect them to make sense of it all. That’s a sure path to a blaze of crazy. For both of you.
How do you prepare for your first meeting with your Instructional Designer?
- Finalize all of your content. There should be no “Can you just add this other little bit, too?” after agreeing to a project. That will irritate your Instructional Designer, and they will likely charge you extra for what we call “scope creep”.
- Have a clear goal in mind for what you want the course to do for your business. This includes a budget and measurable business outcomes.
- Identify anyone who may need to issue their approval and get them on your team (especially if this is for CEU through an accrediting body)
- Determine who will host or house the course – can you sustain the work of maintenance or do you know who will? Instructional Designers will have great ideas on this, so if you don’t know, that’s ok.
- Envision the feeling of a great launch – what does it look like and feel like for you?
- Flesh out too many ideas: Your Instructional Designer will help you craft a vision. Sometimes experts dream beyond the level of what’s reasonable for their budgets. It breaks an Instructional Designer’s heart to tell an expert that what they want exceeds their budget.
- Get too precious about your content: Your Instructional Designer will likely put all of your content into a blender, mix it up and pour it out into some amazing work. She’ll edit your writing. She may not use your artwork. She’ll use better artwork to more adequately accomplish your goals.
- Control everything: If you give your Instructional Designer the freedom to follow her instinct and experience, you’ll come up with a far superior product than if you micromanage everything.
- Expect a magician: You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but sometimes Instructional Designers have to try. Increase the quality of your content to increase the quality of your course.
- Think it will be finished tomorrow: A talented Instructional Designer has incredible project management skills. You will get tasks to complete in a set window of time. These tasks will feed the next phases of development. Development takes a long time, and the more complex the course, the more time it takes. Respect her time, and you’ll get a great product on time.
If you’re ready to hire an instructional designer to help you build your dream ecourse, contact us today to get started. If you’re not sure and you want too schedule an instructional design consultation, contact us – I’m sure that you’re closer than you think you are.