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Recently, I was asked what, exactly, is an instructional designer. I was a bit stumped. I mean, I know what I do. I develop courses for K-12 instructors so that they can obtain continuing education units or a Master’s degree. And everything I develop is for use over the Internet. But is this really what a full fledged instructional designer is? How could I explain it to her so that it made sense?

I could have let her know that I use a very sophisticated model of design to develop my courses. But she wouldn’t have cared.

I could also have let her know that I use a wide variety of multimedia to enhance and encourage learning. She still wouldn’t have cared.

Maybe I should have indicated that I work with a wide variety of subject matter experts to develop courses so the content was up to date and accurate. She may have been impressed, had I cared to drop names. Nah.

I could have told her about how I use adult learning principles to guide my design. She wouldn’t have known what I was talking about though.

Finally, the answer came to me. “You know when you go through a training course at work? That’s what I do but mines better and more interesting and has a higher purpose.”

That’s right! I’m an Instructional Designer! Notice the capitalization? Like being SuperMan! Maybe I should get a cape.

super instructional designer

You too can become a superhero!
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For the current course I’m developing, my SME (subject matter expert) wants to include an example of how various media are currently used together – hybrid media, if you will. The example is Line Rider.

Which is completely and totally addicting. Why o why did he have to show this to me? I have been fervently trying to figure out how the heck to keep my little sledding guy on the line and not fall into space. Or, worse yet, take a header on a loop-de-loop.

Think I’m nuts? You take a shot at it. See if you’re any better at it than I am.

And did I mention that people actually set their animations to music? Here’s a fantastic example of what a very talented person who has lots of time on his/her hands can accomplish with this little addicting “game”:

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