My response here is not so much an answer to this question, but rather, further musings on this endless topic that I've been rambling on about of late.
Shades of Instructional Design
What if we leave the labels aside for a moment. What if we say that everyone who creates instruction is an instructional designer.
Different tools; different projects; different expertise. Some instructional designers are trained in ID; some are subject matter experts who've been assigned a training project or see a training need.
Of course, there may be and there are many variations in the quality of instruction that result.
But one could argue that some SMEs may and do have a natural flair for the art of instructional design (Rupa's post on ID as art; Donald Clark's post).
Some instructional designers, with a Master's Degree and all, may have no natural flair and may design poor instruction.
Many instructional designers find their way into this job rather randomly. Look at our survey results. Look at my own path to instructional design.
I'm wondering if we should be talking about tiers of instructional design. Of course, this is all semantics, and maybe it doesn't matter. But maybe it does.
Some instructional designers:
- Design self-paced eLearning. PowerPoints on steroids.
- Create complex simulations and games.
- Work with 3D tools like Second Life.
- Use web 2.0 technologies to design collaborative, just-in-time training experiences.
- Look at organizations' structures and define strategy.
- Craft distance learning events for college credit that pull together elements of both asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences.
- Create online learning experiences for use in K-12 classrooms.
I pick purple. What color are you?
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