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?

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People ask me all the time “Hey, Jeff, what do you do for a living?”  Actually, that’s not true.  I hardly ever get asked.  Most people just want to talk about themselves and that’s ok.  But when someone DOES ask, I invariably get a little flustered, a little nervous and usually say something to the effect of “I work in training and development” which pretty much ends the conversation chain.  I MIGHT get an “oh” but usually that’s the extent of any curiosity I’ve piqued.  I’m not sure why I’m so inept at describing my profession.  I actually think what I do is pretty darn cool.  I’m just not so good at conveying it.

While I don’t envy their career, necessarily, I do envy how easy it is for others to generate excitement when THEY answer that question.

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