Navigating the Ever-Changing Map of Instructional Design Technology

Thomas Bril
L&D Specialist
Navigating the Ever-Changing Map of Instructional Design Technology

Imagine being given a map and a compass, only to discover that the map is constantly changing. That’s what it’s like trying to stay up to date on instructional design technology in today’s fast-paced business world. To remain competitive, Fortune 500 employees must master the latest tools, techniques, and trends in learning and development (L&D). But how can you stay ahead of the curve in such an ever-evolving landscape?

Relax, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll explore key strategies that successful L&D professionals use to stay ahead of the game, ensuring that their organizations are always at the cutting edge of instructional design technology.

1. Keep a Finger on the Industry’s Pulse

“To stay current, I make it a point to read the latest articles, attend conferences, and follow industry thought leaders on social media,” says an L&D professional at a leading Fortune 500 company. This proactive approach to learning allows you to gain valuable insights into emerging trends, best practices, and innovative solutions in instructional design technology.

Subscribe to industry publications, attend webinars, and join relevant LinkedIn groups to stay informed and participate in discussions. Networking with other L&D professionals can also help you gain insights from their experiences and learn about new tools and techniques.

2. Embrace Continuous Learning

In a fast-paced world where technology is constantly evolving, it’s essential to adopt a continuous learning mindset. One L&D professional from a top retailer shares, “I dedicate at least one hour a week to exploring new tools and trends in instructional design. This helps me stay ahead of the curve and bring fresh ideas to my organization.”‘

Make time for professional development by enrolling in online courses, attending workshops or seminars, or earning certifications in instructional design technology. Not only will this help you stay up to date, but it can also boost your career prospects.

3. Experiment with New Tools and Techniques

Don’t be afraid to take risks and try out new instructional design technology. “At my company, we encourage our L&D team to test new tools and methods on a small scale before rolling them out across the organization,” says an L&D manager at a major tech company.

Experiment with different tools and techniques to determine which ones work best for your organization. Keep an open mind, and be willing to adapt your approach based on feedback and results.

4. Leverage the Power of Learnexus

Learnexus offers a unique solution that helps managers quickly and easily find and hire freelancers with highly specific skills and experience in L&D. By tapping into this vast pool of talent, you can stay ahead of the curve in instructional design technology, saving time and money in the process.

With a 47% cost saving and a single master services agreement, Learnexus eliminates procurement issues and streamlines the entire hiring process, allowing managers to focus on creating cutting-edge learning experiences for their organizations.

Stay ahead of the curve in instructional design technology by following these strategies and embracing a proactive, continuous learning mindset. With the right approach and the right tools, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the ever-changing landscape of instructional design technology and drive success for your organization.