Instructional gifts for the teacher in your life — Part One: For Instructional Designers
Like any teacher, adult educators love apple-shaped Christmas tree ornaments that say World’s Best Teacher. But in case the teacher in your life already has one, check out these gift ideas (and add your own!).
The tools of the trade for an instructional designer include things like large surfaces for group & solo brainstorming, post-it notes in all colors, good pens, copy paper, and writing resources like a good thesaurus. That said, consider these gifts:
Convenient — for brainstorming and storyboarding with subject matter experts and clients!
These portable writing surfaces offer designers luxurious writing and scribbling space, the ability to erase!, and all in a compact package (with a handle!) that makes carrying easy whether you’re going by foot, car, or public transportation.
To run a good affinity process (the process instructional designers use to come up with learning outcomes for new instructional programs or courses), it’s helpful to assign each subject matter expert their own color Post-It note pad — so when all is said and done, you know who said what during the brainstorm.
To that end, you can never have enough Post-It notes. In enough colors.
- A box of ballpoint pens — so each subject matter expert has their own!
- Better yet, custom ballpoint pens with the designer’s name and/or logo
One of the best parts about being an instructional designer is learning! Instructional designers work alongside subject matter experts to create new instructional programs, courses, and workshops in an endless array of topics.
Only because library cards make for an awkward gift, consider a bookstore gift card.