Qualifying for the Ultimate Engaging Smart Training: The European Instructional Designer Profesisonal Profile


The QUEST—Qualifying for the Ultimate Engaging Smart Training — is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, in the scope of Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships in Vocation Education and Training. We are a partnership of six organisations from five European countries: ISQe (Portugal), IADE/Universidade Europeia (Portugal), University of Turku (Finland), Future in Perspective (Ireland), EFCoCert Foundation (Switzerland) and EDEN DLE (Estonia). Together, we are working to create the European Instructional Designer Professional Profile, the corresponding qualification, and the process for this profile’s Recognition of Prior Learning. The field of instructional design has the potential to contribute significantly to the creation of new modes of learning in digital contexts. Still, it is not yet regulated in Europe, nor have the standards for its practitioners been thoroughly systematised. The profile that a European Instructional Designer expert should fit is discussed in this study in relation to instructional design. We argue that this individual should be in charge of creating, producing, and disseminating learning materials, as well as managing the Instructional Systems Design procedure. The educational materials may include video tutorials, learning simulations, instructional manuals, online courses, and other electronic learning tools. We contend that, given their potential skills, instructional designers are in a crucial position to support the success of the 2021–2027 Digital Education Action Plan and the European Union’s overall policy and strategy on digital and green transitions. Instructional designers are poised to become key professionals in the educational field.


Antonio Gorgel Pinto
Assistant Professor and Researcher, Design and Multimedia, IADE, Faculty of Design, Technology and Communication, European University, Lisboa, Portugal


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Design Education


Instructional Design, Design Thinking, E-Learning Experience, European Qualifications

Digital Media

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