You’ve made it through the part where you give up your deepest, darkest secrets. Your Instructional Designer has been socked away secretly turning your content into golden eCourse beauty. You kinda wonder at this point – what is she doing with it?
The day finally comes – the day where all of his questions to you should suddenly make sense. It’s review day. Usually, we see one of three responses:
- Complete shock and awe. Angels sing. Rainbows spring forth from the horns of unicorns. We become eternally revered because of the wondrous amazingness of your ecourse. This is very rare – and usually makes us ultra suscpicious that you did not look at the material as deeply as we wanted you to.
- Meh. This response is deeply disappointing – even abject hatred is better than this kind of lukewarm response. This usually means you also didn’t look at it as deeply as we wanted you to, that we completely missed the mark (and you’re being really nice) or that the goals you have for your course won’t really make a difference for you in the long run.
- Yeah, that’s great, but couldn’t you do…? Now we are getting somewhere. This means that you’ve gone back and forth with it. You’ve found some good things, but you’ve also identified some gaps. The best part? You can be specific about those gaps.
If you can find some great things – say those things. We need to know what you like and what you don’t like. If something needs to be improved, changed, edited or modified in any way – be specific and straightforward about it. If you don’t tell us, we can’t change it.
What kinds of feedback are best for an instructional designer?
- That is not the right vocabulary to use in that case study – for that example, you should say X.
- We don’t know it all – you do! Help us understand where we are missing the boat on the small details.
- This animated video is incredibly effective for demonstrating that process, but you’ve pronounced that word wrong in the narration.
- Things like this help resonate with your audience – who know this vocabulary inside and out.
- That’s great depth for this material for this audience – could we include an image showing this example for this case I get asked about all the time?
- Really, this should have been part of the outline from the beginning, but a change this small should be no big deal.
- The quiz answers were a little confusing – can you explain your thinking on that?
- Instructional Designers should be able to clearly articulate their reasoning for constructing things the way they did.
What kinds of feedback will get you a silent eye roll and then the pleasant smiling face of “are you kidding me”?
- Can you scoot that image one pixel to the left? No…to the right? Hmm…maybe move it up some.
- Can you include 75 more ideas, completely change the design, the color scheme and the learning outcomes?
- Well, the way I had envisioned it, it would be much better because it’s my idea. I know I’ve never taught an online course or produced an ecourse, but my idea is much better than yours.
- Can we move our meeting again? I just don’t have time, this week’s been crazy – again, so I’ll squeeze you into a 12 minute slot next Friday at 4:45 before my CrossFit workout at 5 and my kid’s soccer game at 5:30.
- It’s all great – everything’s good – it’s awesome – no changes whatsoever – I really didn’t even look at it at all – but it’s great!
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