Thanks Craig for this timely reminder. This is a discussion which has been taking place for quite a while and each time we come back to ID. I agree with Meg's comments and whilst Rob is quite correct in saying that in the UK it's not easy to get a qualification in ID, I think it's important to remember that the situation is quite different in the US where there are many ID qualifications and even chairs of ID at some universities. I use the tag 'Instructional Designer' and I haven't found any clients who are put off by it; in many ways they seem to be reassured by it probably because it is something they can understand. Also, at the moment I'm looking for some ID eLearning work in the UK and have noticed a number of jobs advertised with 'Instructional Designer' in the job title. If the title was broke then we'd need to mend it, but I don't think it is, well not yet anyway.
@JudithCC Hi Judith, I guess if clients are happy with the title Instructional Designer then 'Hey, let's not mess with it' but the purist part of me still can't get away from the fact that despite having made such great strides in moving away from designing and delivering 'instruction' which has that very 'top down' connotation that we still hang onto a title that suggests that it still what we do.
Food for thought.....
@CraigTaylor74 Oh definitely food for thought Craig. If you dissect the title 'Instructional Designer' then its application would appear to be very narrow, i.e. designing instruction irrespective of delivery method/media, with a very strong training connotation. However, I think what has happened over the last 30 years or so is that the title has developed to mean much more than this, as many contributors here have described. Therefore, for me, it's a matter of whether we go with the flow/title for the sake of consistency of use and understanding, or throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water and start out over again, in the knowledge that it will take some time for a new title to enter into common parlance. As L&D is accused, and rightly so IMO, of inventing on an almost continual basis trendy/nonsensical terms which do little to convince others outside its silo that it knows what it's doing, I am not convinced that spending the time and effort to find an alternative term for instructional designer is, at the moment, justified.