Recently, in a meeting, a colleague introduced me with the line “he’s our instructional designer, he makes things look pretty.” Now, in fairness, that can be a significant part of what I do sometimes – where I take god-awful “wall of text” slides from a subject matter expert and try to make them more palatable to an audience of humans. But surely my colleague knows the job of an instructional designer involves more than that…doesn’t she???
There is a lot of information out there about instructional design and being an instructional designer. A lot of it is good and quite a bit of it is confusing. To be honest, even I get confused. So, what is instructional design? Let’s see if we can make some sense out of it shall we?