Nowa days, Instructional Designer do more than create elearning modules. Apart from developing and sometime delivering the content, they also need to think about the content from the learner’s perspective.

Instructional designers usually come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds.They play many roles, including performance analyst, project manager, researcher, instructor, writer, evaluator and much more.It is not easy to have a solid foundation in learning theory and cognitive science, the creation of a successful course requests a wide knowledge, an open-minded mentality and a multilevel familiarity with various different subjects.

Here in this blog, let us explore top 10 skills of an Instructional Designer

1.Visualisation skills

An Instructional designer has to visualize the content to be developed in a very efficient way with greater detail and attention, the client can sometimes just tell you what are his requirements and the rest depends on the visualization skill of the ID to bring life into the module.

2.Being Creative or to start thinking out of the box.

An instructional designer should think out of the box and able to create a wow feel in the learning experience to the learner.
Using animations, enabling actions from the learners in the modules I.e drag and drop activity, incorporating smaller games or scenarios etc are some examples.

3.Research skills

Having good research skill helps the designer to be updated about the topics and help in better designing of the modules as he can have an upper hand in the subject matter.


Good communication skills help the ID to have proper communication between the team members and the other stakeholders. Communication skill comes in handy when there are discussions about the design of the modules with the clients and with team members in various stages of development.

5.Listening skills

An instructional designer must have good listening skill.
It’s important to listen to the inputs from the client and SME as missing those key valuable points can invite re-edits and double work which is time-consuming.

6.Technology skills

An instructor designer requires having a grip on the relevant and changing technology in elearning.
Being updated about the latest happening on the field of elearning adds to the skills and strength of the ID.

7.Time management skills

Instructional designer should be able to manage the time effectively in project designing. Here the ID can allocate proper time to various process and see that it’s being followed correctly.

8.Problem solver

Instructional designers demand the skill of being a problem solver.
For example, sticking to the clients budget and timelines, tech issues, understanding the pain point of the client etc, the client expects the instructional designer to be a problem solver and give recommendations and solutions them.

9.An unbiased editor

A good instructional designer should not make room for biased thinking while creating an instructional curriculum; rather a skillful ID should give his or her heart and mind in designing content logically


An instructional designer should have good command over his writing skills.
The inputs received is analyzed thoroughly and structured in a very concise manner without any spelling mistakes and errors.Here care is taken not to miss the core learning objective

This is not an exhaustive list as I am sure you can add up more to this. Share your thoughts in below comment box or mail me at