15 Reasons to be Grateful as an Instructional Designer
Author: Travis Jordan
On this day of thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many wonderful things. At the top of this list is a sense of gratitude to be an instructional designer! Being an instructional designer is a unique job. We are the "jack of all trades" and expected to be an analyst, designer, architect, developer, trainer, and sometimes even a systems administrator. With that being said, I wouldn't change it for anything. This unique diversity is what makes the role of instructional designer so wonderful.
Below are the top 15 reasons why I am grateful to be an instructional designer:
I love to learn.
I sound really intelligent when I say "SME" or "MOOC" in a public setting.
I'm really good at dissecting and simplifying complex things.
I have two really good friends; ADDIE and SAM.
I always have a defined goal before doing anything.
I am curious by nature.
I'm a "jack of all trades and a master at none" when it comes to media and technology.
I know the difference between a formative and summative evaluation.
I can create an amazing power point presentation!
I am a great problem solver.
I can tell you difference between cognitivism and constructivism with a straight face.
I have a broad and diverse educational background.
I can organize anything--I mean anything.
I can smell a poorly written learning objective from a mile away.
I love my job!
What are you most grateful for as an instructional designer?