Introduction to the combination of design skills:
Instructional Design is the process of designing scenario-based instruction to engage the learners in resolving real life problems at work and achieve the learning objectives of a face-to-face role-play scenario or an e/m-learning course.
Graphic Design is the process of designing appropriate layouts using the right images, colors, and typography for an e/m-learning course to create real life problem scenarios that learners encounter at work.
Visual Design is the process of designing visually appealing graphics or diagrams for scenario-based instruction to help the learners comprehend complex concepts, information, and data with ease through visual communication.
User Interface Design is the process of designing scenario-based instruction in a user-friendly manner to help the learners interact easily with the user interface and develop a positive attitude toward an e/m-learning course.
Using the combined design skills to assist organizations to obtain ROI:
Instructional Design assists an HPT practitioner to create a scenario-based e/m-learning course, for instance, in food safety, to assist food service employees master the hands-on skills in food safety. Scenario-based instruction will bring about a change in the behavior of the learners in an effective and efficient manner and help them achieve the strategic business goals of an organization. Finally, it results in ROI for the organization.
Graphic Design helps an HPT practitioner to design the food safety scenario-based course in a manner that mimics a real life problem scenario to provide an immersive learning experience for the learners as shown in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: An appropriate Graphic Design that mimics a real life food-safety problem scenario.
Thereby, learners can master the hands-on skills essential to solving real life problems in a realistic virtual environment. It leads to the change in behavior among learners so that they can perform well at work and achieve the strategic business goals of an organization. Thereby, the organization can obtain ROI.
Visual Design helps an HPT practitioner to design graphics or diagrams for the food safety scenario-based course in a visually appealing manner for the learners as shown in Figure 2 below.
Figure 2: An appropriate Visual Design that suits a real life food-safety problem scenario.
This will assist in completely involving them during the learning process to resolve real life problem scenarios that lead to their change in behavior. Therefore, it will result in improved performance at work and help them achieve the strategic business goals of an organization that leads to ROI for the organization.
User Interface Design helps an HPT practitioner to use responsive design to design the user interface for the food safety scenario-based course to help the learners access it on their mobile devices and learn on-the-go. This helps the learners to focus their attention and develop an interest in the content matter. Thereby, they will stay engaged and involve themselves completely while pursuing the course. It results in long-term retention and change in behavior among the learners. Hence, they can achieve the strategic business goals of an organization that in turn results in ROI for the organization.
Significance of the combined design skills for HPT practitioners and the means to gain mastery over them:
We can conclude that it is essential for HPT practitioners to possess a combination of all the four design skills mentioned above to think creatively and design innovative performance improvement interventions to perform well and improve their performance as Entrepreneurs in the 21st century. Then, the question arises as to, “How can HPT practitioners gain mastery over all the four design skills”?
HPT practitioners can obtain the knowledge and hands-on skills to use all the four design skills to create scenario-based instruction by enrolling themselves into the excellent professional development opportunities offered by Adobe Education Exchange. These professional development opportunities are free and offered online at Adobe.com for anyone interested in mastering the hands-on skills of using various Adobe Creative Cloud Tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Adobe Comp CC, Experience Design (preview), etc.
Figure 3 depicts a simple infographic created using Photoshop and Illustrator to illustrate the combination of all the four design skills essential for HPT practitioners.
Figure 3: The combination of all the four design skills essential for HPT practitioners.
I can say from personal experience that Adobe is offering professional development courses that are on par with any graduate level programs in Graphic Design, Visual Design, and User Interface Design offered at universities across the U.S.A. The instructors and learners that assemble on Adobe Education Exchange, which is a global platform to teach and learn the hands-on skills of using various Adobe Creative Tools, are extremely serious about the teaching-learning process. I was hooked after completing a professional development course in “UX to UI Design”. Currently, I am pursuing the “Adobe Train-the-Trainer” course and have enrolled myself into many other courses that will be offered in near future.
Bringing it all together:
There is no end to the extent of hands-on skills that learners can gain from the professional development courses offered by Adobe if they are willing to devote some time every day to work on the course assignments. Learners can derive great self-satisfaction when they complete and graduate from each of the hands-on courses for sure. Thereby, HPT practitioners can gain mastery over all the four design skills mentioned above to succeed as Entrepreneurs in the 21st century.
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Adobe Education Exchange. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2016, from https://edex.adobe.com/
Slade, T. (June 29, 2016). How to become a better e-learning designer. Retrieved July 19, 2016, from http://elearninguncovered.com/2016/06/how-to-become-a-better-e-learning-designer/