What is an instructional designer?
An instructional designer is a professional who uses various tools to communicate with an audience in a way that ensures everyone takes something relevant from the information presented. An instructional designer might use content development, web design, and graphic design to shape information for easier understanding and better retention.
How do you hire an instructional designer?
You can source instructional designers on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in an instructional designer.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview instructional designers. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of instructional designer you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire an instructional designer?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions. Learn about the cost to hire an instructional designer.
How do you write an instructional designer job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample instructional designer job post titles:
- Need an instructional designer to develop an elearning course
- Learning expert to configure digital educational materials for publishing company
- Training specialist with instructional design experience needed
An effective instructional designer job post should include:
- Scope of work: From graphic design ability to elearning course development, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, software, or audiences, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Instructional designer job responsibilities
Here are some examples of instructional designer job responsibilities:
- Develop engaging course content that improves information retention
- Visualize and build user interface for instructional guide
- Design and implement criteria to determine audience retention levels
Instructional designer job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in an instructional designer. Here are some examples:
- At least 1 year in instructional design environment
- HTML programming ability
- Ability to write compelling content and scripts for instructional videos