Evolve to Solve: 6 Ways to Navigate the Changing Landscape of an Instructional Designer — from er.educause.edu by Sara Davis and Linley Fourie


These six strategies can help instructional designers keep up with the ongoing transformations in higher education.

  1. Network, Network, Network
  2. Identify Your Faculty Champions
  3. Gather Faculty and Student Testimonials and Evidence of Success
  4. Find Your Niche
  5. Managing Your Task List = More Time for the Really Good Stuff
  6. Embrace Empathetic Design



However, a singular focus on technology-based solutions can result in faculty’s thinking of instructional designers as tech or learning management system (LMS) support. We aren’t saying that we do not occasionally fill these roles, but rather that our function extends beyond the realm of specific technological interventions.