ID student commented:
My problem with the industry is that the degree in instructional design is required of management. which is pretty stupid. My (educational) background is in Management of technology (MBA/IT). I've seen jobs that require a MA/MEd/MS in ID even though those individuals in those jobs don't design instruction. They manage people who design instruction, people who manage LMS, and they are the in-between people between upper management + clients, and the people who provide the design and training.
You truly don't need an ID education for that.
How does this comment compare to your own organization? Is the degreed-ID the department manager and not doing any actual design work? Is that a waste of an ID degree?
In Dr. John Curry's recent interview series with practicing instructional designers, he asked Dr. Andrew Teasdale what advice he would give to ID students and what he himself did not learn at school that he could've used. Teasdale is an instructional designer in the corporate market.
- "What it means to be a consultant."
- "You need to speak the business language."
- " You should get an MBA along the way."
- "You need to know how to work with other groups and meet their needs."
Instructional Designers (myself included) often must wear many a hat. For some people, this isn't the right fit.
Why has the role of the instructional designer (at least in corporate) gone the way of the MBA? Or has it?