Posts Tagged "ID"

What’s in a name?

Or to be more accurate “What’s in a job title“? You might say (and I wouldn’t neccesarily disagree with you) “not a lot, it’s what the individual ‘does‘ within that role that’s important” You might come back to me and say (and again, I may not disagree with you) “actually, a job title ‘does‘ matter, as it (rightly or wrongly) paints a picture in other people’s minds as to what you do and may often be the first thing that somebody discovers about you” Which brings me nicely to the job title ‘Instructional Designer’. Really? Does anybody, anywhere be it in the vendor, client or DIY community really Design Instruction anymore? Really? Surely we are all about creating an environment, be it physical, digital or virtual (or what the hell, a combination) in which to facilitate learning, aren’t we? My organisation moved away from calling its trainers ‘trainers’ a few years ago and now they are called Learning Facilitators – sure it’s just a title but look at the difference between the two….. …. they send out very different messages don’t they? So why in the eLearning community do we use the term Instructional Designer? Now that’s not a rhetorical questions. Regular readers will know that I am a self-confessed newbie in this field and I am genuinely interested as to why this title exists. Is it a throw back to the early days of eLearning where we ‘did’ Design Instruction or is there some other reason that has passed me by? If you know (or even if you don’t but agree or disagree with what I am asking) then please drop a response in the comments box below. Image...

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I’m guilty, but I am trying….

… to vanquish the ‘old-school’ information dumps and click-next type of elearning that are the bain of many of our lives. I must admit that this critical insight into best practice Instructional Design has only come about since we moved to a self-authoring tool, meaning that some of my previous attempts have ‘ahem‘ been very….. traditional 😉 I was still quite proud of my previous attempts as it was the first time that I had ever created such a piece of content, however the screencast below shows my very first piece of elearning concerning the use of Display Screen Equipment and highlights some of the retrospective ‘niggles’ that have grated on me since I started looking into ID in greater detail. Having now researched ID in greater detail, I followed up the above module with Version 2 which can be seen in the screencast below. In the screencast I outline some of the changes that I have made since my original attempt. The inspiration for this approach was provided my @tomkuhlmann and @catmoore. Tom for the idea of creating the ‘look and feel’ of the module in PowerPoint before importing it into our rapid elearning tool and Cathy for her ideas on ‘dumping the drone’ and her Action Mapping...

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