Any work implies a certain set of abilities and skills, natural or acquired. What skills are required for a pedagogical designer to succeed in the business and stand out from the crowd? Below is a list of such skills, but it should be borne in mind that it can expand depending on the type of course, its scale and target audience.
A pedagogical designer should:
Have knowledge of various specialties, adaptability in the intercultural environment, and demonstrate commitment and passion for learning and technology.
Have experience in the field of education, clearly defined training goals and have critical thinking.
Carry out thorough research, demonstrate good analytical skills and the ability to synthesize information from various sources.
Have the skills of effective verbal and non-verbal communication, be able to listen and set commensurable tasks, based on the needs of the target audience. This implies the ability to accurately determine the basic characteristics of the student.
To create information content that can be used and applied in real life, especially in the sphere of professional activity of the target audience, cooperating with small enterprises, professionals and team members.
Choose the right teaching tools and create effective samples, texts, audio and video scripts. This requires a thorough knowledge of the information.
Focus on the expected results, based on the skills, experiences, expectations and needs of the target audience, and develop the course on time, using the provided technologies, based on a specific budget.
Effectively administer projects, develop the right strategies and suitable training programs that take into account out-of-school activities, presentations, active student work, practice issues, case studies, and attestation.
Solve problems successfully, easily and be resourceful, be able to bypass any obstacle.
Be able to develop an effective and objective evaluation method that promotes the development of students, allowing them to demonstrate their ability to achieve learning goals.
Overview of the skills of a pedagogical designer
All of the above is reduced to the system: Analysis, Design, Development, Application and Evaluation (model ADDIE). And despite the fact that creating a good base for developing pedagogical design skills is of great importance, it is important to remember that these 10 skills are only dynamic and changeable parts of the whole.
Pedagogical designers usually have experience in various fields of knowledge, and in addition to such important qualities as solid knowledge in the field of learning theory and cognitive science, the development of a successful course requires the breadth of knowledge, increased receptivity and good versatile awareness of various subjects. Thus, the list of 10 skills can be expanded by a number of parameters, depending on the subject, specialization and field of activity, directly the course itself and the target audience. Each designer introduces his own aspects, has his own perspectives and applies his unique experience and know-how in the development of the course. In other words, 10 skills of the pedagogical designer are just the basic required skills for the effective development of courses.
Finally, the skills of the pedagogical designer should include the ability to identify potential deficiencies in the structure of the course, teaching methods, feedback and assessment, and the ability to develop material and general experience in understanding the target audience.