Are they instructional designers? If so, when? When do you cross the line and enter the hallowed world of Instructional Design?
Unlike medicine, interior design, or electricians, the field of instructional design does not require a license to practice. At least not yet. I never took a test that said I was actually an instructional designer.
So at what point does one "become" an instructional designer? What are the criteria?
- Is it the number of courses you have created?
- The quality of those courses? (And who graded them?)
- Is it the number of theories you can cite?
- The number of Gagne's events you can recite?
- Is it your mindset? Your desire to figure out a better way, so you can create a better learning experience the next time around?
- Is it a degree?
- Is it your business card?
- Does it matter where on the instructional design spectrum you fall and the types of learning experiences you create?