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January 18, 2023

How to Write a Design Document

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
How to Write a Design Document
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

The design document is a key component of the instructional design process, and it’s essential to understand its significance before starting your career in corporate ID. You’ll not only need to have a sample in your portfolio, but you’ll need to be able to discuss this deliverable during interviews to demonstrate your understanding of the ID process.

In this episode, we’re learning how to write a design document. We’re discussing in detail what it is, how it’s used, and most importantly, how to create one so that you can feel confident when it’s time to create your first design document!

Topics Covered:

  • The three reasons why you need to be familiar with design documents
  • The role of design docs in the ID process
  • How to determine the business purpose and target audience
  • Training time and training recommendations in your design doc
  • How to define project deliverables
  • Deciding on learning objectives
  • What to include in the training outline

Are you ready to write your first design document? Once you’ve listened to this episode, go out there and knock out that portfolio sample! If you’d like feedback on your design document or have any questions, join our Facebook group. See you there!

Mentioned Resources:

Episode 2: How the Instructional Design Process is Like Building a House

Episode 7: Choosing a Topic for Your First eLearning Sample for Your Portfolio

Design Document Template

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Jill Davidian

Jill is a 20 year veteran in the Instructional Design space, working as an ID/eLearning Developer and hiring them. She is the founder of Learning Strategy and Design, a custom learning solutions firm that designs learning for corporate clients, and she has helped over 500 aspiring Instructional Designers stand out and transition into the field through her 9-month ID career development program, Applied Instructional Design Academy.

She has her ear to the ground on what hiring managers are looking for and her passion is helping YOU create FREEDOM through this field.

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