ERIC Number: ED248855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-27
Reference Count: 0
The Instructional Designer in the Role of Consultant: Problems and Strategies.
Cramer, Stephen E.
The professional instructional designer frequently develops instruction for someone else--an outside client, another department of his or her organization, or colleagues who have content knowledge but lack specific instructional skills. The role of consultant poses unique hazards and opportunities, as it requires the use of relationship and interactional skills quite apart from the instructional skills in which the instructional designer may be trained. Crucial issues include credibility, impossible or inappropriate demands, vague goals, and "techniques first, objectives later." Some useful techniques for dealing with these problems include assertiveness, strategic control of information, doing one's "homework," attending and focusing on the client as a person before focusing the problem, reflecting and summarizing, and focused questioning. (Author)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Society for Performance and Instruction (Atlanta, GA, April 27, 1983).