What does a Freelance Instructional Designer do?

As an Instructional Designer you will create learning environments and experiences. Perform analysis to perform the requirements and specifications. You may be asked to enable learning by creating supportive environments which includes online community management, promoting collaboration and discussion through social media technologies and teaching experts how to generate and share your own content.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in educational technology or a related field and hold a state educator or administrator's license. You will have a minimum of 3 years using course authoring tools and proficiency with various LMS systems and experience teaching K-12. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and an understanding of varied learning styles. You must have familiarity with website design, video technology and editing and knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods.

What responsibilities are common for Freelance Instructional Designer jobs?
  • Develop and edit online learning material and content
  • Assess learning needs
  • Analyze existing instructional material
  • Develop and design online material and assessment tools
  • Oversee implementation of online learning programs
  • Train educators and students to use online learning system
  • Troubleshoot technical problems via reported user issues
  • Maintain currency in the field of online learning
What are the typical qualifications for Freelance Instructional Designer jobs?
  • Master's degree in educational technology or related field, preferred
  • State Educator or Administrator license, preferred
  • 3+ years of experience using course authoring tools
  • Proficiency with Blackboard, Canvas, Camtasia, Captivate, Moodle or proprietary LMS
  • Experience teaching K-12
  • Familiar with website design, video technology and editing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding of varied learning styles
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
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How much does a Freelance Instructional Designer make?

$71,731 /yr
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Freelance Instructional Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Freelance Instructional Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Freelance Instructional Designer Insights

Read what Freelance Instructional Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Junior Instructional Designer
May 24, 2022

“There's a good work life balance and they don't overload you with work.”

Instructional Designer
Oct 21, 2022

“level employees do most of the work and receive none of the recognition or rewards.”

University of California BerkeleyUniversity of California Berkeley
Curriculum Developer
Jan 27, 2021

“With UCB I get the chance to work with many great individuals with similar career goals.”

Instructional Designer
Sep 21, 2021

“I was told not to expect any opportunities for pay increases any time in the near future.”

Lloyds Banking GroupLloyds Banking Group
Digital Learning Designer
Nov 23, 2022

“Fantastic and talented people to work with.”

Origin Learning SolutionsOrigin Learning Solutions
Associate Instructional Designer
Dec 3, 2020

“Good people and fun to work with.”

University of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Southern California
Senior Instructional Designer
Jun 20, 2021

“Great and respectable people to work with.”

Technical Curriculum Developer
Dec 27, 2021

“Lucky to work with some of the best and smartest coworkers that I ever have before.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of instructional designers

The typical day of an instructional designer involves creating training courses, evaluating and reshaping learning processes, and developing curricula. These professionals follow the creation of a new learning environment from inception to fruition, including collaborating with clients or other employees about learning environment effectiveness.

An advantage of working as an instructional designer is the opportunity for a good work-life balance. The typical work environment for an instructional designer is an office during normal business days and hours. The profession includes opportunities to work both individually and on a team.

The average pay for an instructional designer in the U.S. is $71,731 per year. The salary range for an instructional designer is $48,142 per year to $107,520 per year. To earn a higher salary, look for lead positions in large corporations.

Instructional designers need to be able to manage their time effectively to meet deadlines and complete projects, which can be stressful when facing a high demand for new courses and revisions. Becoming an instructional designer means taking responsibility for the administrative duties associated with the courses they develop.

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