Instructional Design is Not Dead!

Despite rumors to the contrary, Instructional Design is not dead. 

You may have noticed the many articles and blog posts stating that instructional design is dead, and by extension, so is the role of Instructional Designer.

I even saw this tweet the other day (in part)…”When will instructional designers get their heads out of their asses and understand that their roles are dying out.”

First – rude. 

Second – wrong.

The role of the instructional designer has never been more alive and exciting. As with any role in an organization, from CEO to Marketing to HR, job roles are evolving. I don’t think Mark Zuckerburg is ready to say his job as CEO is dying.

Where I would like us to focus is on the word evolve. I find that speaking in absolutes gets us in trouble. You’ve seen the headlines: “Classroom training is dead!” or “The LMS Killer”. Dead means gone. Now, I realize sensational headlines get clicks. That being said, it’s all hyperbole. Classroom training isn’t going anywhere soon, nor is your LMS.  They aren’t dying, they are evolving (or should be…)

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