I stumbled across this on a writer's blog today: "Officially, I’m now an Instructional Designer. A fancy term for writing training material." [Blog link not provided to protect the innocent].
Koreen Olbrish asks "Is Instructional Design Dead?" If all we do is write training material, then perhaps yes.
The debate has raged here and elsewhere as to whether instructional designer's need to have advanced degrees in ID. The ID survey on this blog now has over 200 responses: 62% do not have advanced degrees.
We have questioned the value of Instructional Designers.
Perhaps the term Instructional Designer is simply overused. Some folks are "writers of training material." Some folks are curriculum designers. I say there are shades of instructional design.
I am an "Instructional Designer". I write and design self-paced eLearning for the corporate market. Plus a bunch of other stuff, which you can read about in my job description. What shade of instructional designer are you? What's your scope?
Listen to John Curry's interviews for some different day-in-the-life scenarios of four different instructional designers (myself included).
And then, let the debate rage on.