Regardless of where you learned your craft, whether you have a graduate degree or not, whatever the market sector where you work - there are certain things that people working in instructional design settings do that make themselves unique from, say, a web designer or a graphic artist or an LMS manager.
While the following "know 'em when you see 'em" attributes are a little bit tongue-in-cheek, these really are some of the initial things I notice when I'm sorting "real deal" IDs from the pretenders and wanna-bes. Sort of like the elimination round on a reality show:
- "Real" IDs call ourselves IDs. And we know just what we are talking about when we call ourselves that. No need to go through the loooooong explanation that ID stands for intructional design, because of course that means we have to explain what instructional design is, and we all know what a drag THAT can be.
- We all make fun of ADDIE. If you DON'T make fun of ADDIE, then other *real* IDs will make fun of you. They won't even bother to go behind your back. If you need for me to explain what ADDIE is then you are really not even eligible to be reading this blogpost.
- We've never met a learning theory we didn't like. I'm not suggesting this is a bad thing. The learning theories we love become our "colors". Let your freak flag fly high.
- "We don't need no stinkin' numbers". I know some of us are really smart number crunchers. Still. in the World o' ID, measurement is a necessary evil, we much prefer "qualitative research", and evaluation typically dismissed by saying "oh, our customers won't pay for it". As if that's really a good enough reason to not evaluate one's work.
- In our hearts we believe we are artists. We are engaged in the creative expression of new ideas and information. We want to design experiences that engage and inspire. Nobody really understands us.
- We love new technology. We love innovation. These days we really love social media and i-products. But that will change. Trust me. There's always something new and bright and shiny.
- We love to share. We love sharing more than just about anything in the entire world. We post, we present, we tweet, we blog, we write articles and books and white papers. We especially love to share our slides. Thank you for sharing.
How about you? How do you know 'em when you see 'em? What are some of your favorite techniques for cutting the good IDs out of the herd??