Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Instructional Designers with ID Degrees = 25%

Instructional Designers are still responding to the survey I recently posted, asking instructional designers to tell us about their educational background and ID training.

We've now got 32 responses. 8 people have advanced degrees in instructional design (25%). This is up from 14.29% a few weeks ago.

Only 3 respondents say that they have ever been turned down for work because of a lack of an ID degree.

Still a wide variety of backgrounds, with a heavy dose of Liberal Artists.

I asked Jon Matejcek of Dashe & Thompson what he looks for when hiring instructional designers, and he wrote:

For instructional design, we hire based almost entirely on experience (our consultants average more than 10 years’ experience).

The thing I like about those with liberal arts degrees, is that they tend to be adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity. Aside from the core ID skills, this trait seems to be one of the greatest determinants of success on our projects.

Are you adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity?

You can view the updated survey results here.

Update: As of December 3, 30% of instructional designers say they have an advanced degree.

Thanks to everyone who participated. And if you didn't respond and would like to, the survey is open indefinitely.

1 comment:

Stephen M said...

You may want to adjust your survey questions (or not) and ask about formal ID training in addition to or in lieu of an ID degree. I don't have an undergraduate or advanced degree in ID, but I did go to graduate school for Instructional Systems Design and I know others who have taken certificate courses from Langevin and others. In your survey, we fall into the non-degree category, but I'd say our resumes read differently than the ID candidate who has picked up everything through experience versus any formal instruction.