Instructional Design - If, When and How Much?
In a bit more detail, the critical question seems to be:The more that Cammy and I have explored this topic, the more questions we feel we have:
To help you get started, I would recommend looking at some of the thoughts in the following posts:
For a given project, how do you determine if, when and how much an instructional designer and instructional design is needed?
- What value do we really offer beyond a SME with a tool? How do we distinguish the cases where we are needed?
- (Reuben Tozman) What skills/knowledge do instructional designers bring to the table that is unique to our profession that other trades do not? Is our value in wielding the latest and greatest rapid development tools? Not if our SME's are using them also? Is it our knowledge of psychometrics when we create assessments? Nope. Is it our writing abilities? Is it our knowledge of communications?Do you think instructional designers should be able to use the tools?
- Do you think instructional designers should go away and leave the rapid tools to the SMEs?
- If we want SMEs to use rapid eLearning tools to create content, do they need training in ID? What training?
- If someone without a background in ID is told to "create this course" - are they doing instructional design? Or is it something different? Is there some kind of range of ID capability? How do you explain the spectrum?
- How can I really tell if there was good ID work? Could I have done as well by producing something far less?
- If it takes more to create something "better" - do I really need to do that? How about when up-front knowledge of return on investment is not really known?
- How is this different in academia vs. corporate.
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- Manish Mohan - ongoing discussions
- Jay Cross - My two cents.
- Learning Circuit's big question for Feb 2008 Instructional Design ...
- Instructional Design - If, When and How Much? - My Response
- Tony Karrer - Common Sense and Intuition Not Enough
- Bill Brandon
- Clark Quinn - My $0.05.
- Benjamin Hamilton - My Thoughts
- Nicola Avery - mine
- Donald Clark - On Design
- Cammy Bean - The Big Question: Instructional Design as Spectrum
- Mick Leyden - Here is my take
- Michael Hanley - My Reply: ISD - on the precipice of a crossroads?
- Anil Mammen - Instructional Design - If, When and But
- Geetha Krishnan - response
- Jack Pierce and I (Tony Karrer) had a recent back and forth around a closely related topic:
- Online Training vs eLearning : eLearning Technology
- See the comments
- w/Mindshare: Juggling eLearning vs Online Training
- Vinnie - How much ID do we need?
- Peter Isackson - my contribution
- Jane Bozarth - When is design done (short, but good ... does it prove itself in her post?)
- John Shaffer - Is ISD Needed?
- Malinka Ivanova - Instructional Design as a Building Skeleton
- Gary Hegenbart - Why Bother with Instructional Design?
- Tony Karrer - Safety Training Design : eLearning Technology
- Viplav Baxi - My two cents here
- Manish Gupta -G-Cube: Training - One Fourth Preparation; Three-Fourths Theatre
- Jeffrey Keefer - Silence and Voice
- Karl Kapp: We Need a Degree in Instructional Design
- Karl has touched off some reaction - see:
- Christy Tucker Patterns in Instructional Design Responses
- A tag cloud of the words used in the discussion - fun way to look at it.