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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Instructional Technology Developer

Instructional technology developers are also known as “instructional technology specialists” or “courseware designers,” and your teaching experience definitely qualifies you for these positions, which share some characteristics of curriculum development and corporate training jobs. Programming or web design skills are a plus, but are not required for all jobs.

Instructional technology jobs can be found in the training departments of companies or other organizations, including higher education. They can also be found in dedicated courseware design companies, like Enspire in Austin, who create online training and simulations for corporations.

It should be noted that “instructional technology specialist” can also refer to positions that are closer to tech support than curriculum development. Basically, it can be a fancy title for someone whose main responsibilities include making sure the classroom computer and projector are working. This, too, is a crucial position, but is quite different from a courseware designer.

See the education & training guide as well as the alt-ac/digital humanities guide for related information.

Action Steps

•    Conduct an informational interview with someone at Enspire to learn more about their job
•    Follow the #lrnchat Tweet-chat that happens every Thursday night
•    Join the E-Learning Guild on LinkedIn

Print and Web Resources

Articulate -  one of the most well-regarded blogs about designing e-learning technologies
Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Instructional Technology Council - provides professional development resources for instructional technologists involved with distance learning
Clark, Ruth C., and Richard E. Mayer. e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Pfeiffer, 2011. Print.
Allen, Michael W. Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2002. Print.
Echaore-McDavid, Susan. Career Opportunities in Education And Related Services. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, 2006. Print.
-    See especially pages 186-187

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