How to mentor an inexperienced instructional designer

With so many of the Baby Boomers retired over the past two years, combined with a global staffing shortage, your L&D department might have to hire an instructional designer with little to no experience. Whether the employee is coming straight out of school or we’re looking at an internal promotion, you’ll have to get that person up to speed pretty fast.

Since instructional design is complex, you might think that it will be a very lengthy process and a long time before you get to see quantifiable results. That may well be the case if you go down the path of formal instruction alone – hire the person, then provide months of certification courses.

However, if you choose the mentoring path, you will have that person productive and integrated into the team much earlier.

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