What If Your Association Can’t Afford an Instructional Designer?

Great news: you got the go-ahead to offer a new online course. Now, the bad news: you didn’t get the budget to hire a professional to design and develop the course. What are your options if your association can’t afford an instructional designer?

At least, we’ll save money…or will we?

You won’t necessarily save money in the long-run by handling instructional design yourself. It’s not always cheaper when you factor in how much time it takes staff to do what professional instructional designers can do much faster. Plus, the time staff spends on course design and development is time away from other responsibilities.

What’s more, you have to consider the budget you’ll need to build your staff’s instructional design skills—and any other skills required for creating course content, for example, visual design or multi-media skills. If you don’t already have an authoring tool, you’ll need to budget for that too.

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