One of the sessions that caught my attention was titled New Skills for Instructional Designers presented by Cammy Bean, Koreen Olbrish, and Ellen Wagner. They introduced a fresh take on the skills used by instructional designers depicted in the four-quadrant diagram above. It incorporates Learning & Performance, Creativity, Technology, and Business Insight to describe the role. Essentially, their message is "to be an instructional design professional, you need to attend to all four quadrants."
I was able to piece together a few items related to their presentation:
Here is a description of the four quadrants, courtesy of Claudine Caro's blog:
I = Learning, Pedagogy & Assessment
- Adult learning theory
- Instructional Design theory
- Assessment and quizzes
- Curriculum Design
- Defining learning objectives
- Facilitation/ instructors
- Video Production
- Graphics Design
- Games Design
- Business needs assessment/analysis
- A seat at the C-level table
- Project Management
- Authoring Tools
- SCORM / AICC
- Learning Management Systems
- Tracking and Reporting
Check out the presentation deck from their session, courtesy of SlideShare:
And check out Ellen Wagner delivering her segment of the presentation on the Secret Handshakes of Instructional Design, courtesy of YouTube.
I thank these folks for their great presentation. I think we are going to be seeing and hearing more discussion about this set of skills in the near future.