Ellen Wagner is principal analyst with Sage Road Solutions, LLC. This is her blog.
I lurked on one of Marcia Conner's LearnChats (#lrnchat) tonight on my Tweetdeck. It was great. I follow Marcia, Clark Quinn and several others who participated in this evening real-time microblogging event so I *think* I have a pretty good idea of what people were talking about, just from reading their various tweets. Was interested and amused to see that the topic of discussion was, ta-daa...IDs. I watched microblog after microblog roll past asking about what we should be calling IDs these days, what IDs should be able to do, how IDs should try designing for iPhones, that ID is a 20 century solution to a 20th century problem. Is instructional design still relevant? An ID isn't just someone who thinks they can teach.
It was fun to participate in the virtual conversation. It's quite satisfying to see so many people concerned about the future of the profession, the roles that we play, the things that learning professionals who design digital experiences need to do differently in the future. Marcia Conner. Clark Quinn. Mark Oehlert. Kris Rockwell. Cammy Bean. Jay Cross. Clive Shepherd. Curt Bonk. Venudhar Bhatt, Tony Karrer. I know that the eLearning Guild is sponsoring ID Forums this summer and I know that they have webinars in the works. It's good to know that so many of the big minds of the profession are taking a good hard look at this.