Initial Definition of IDT, Ideal Future Career in IDT
As I mentioned in my introduction page I am a novice in the field of instructional design and technology and so except for my most recent consulting experience my knowledge and understanding is a little limited. From a theoretical standpoint I understand that IDT involves the use of technology to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of instruction and other learning experiences. From a practical standpoint, it involves analyzing an instructional problem, developing a strategy/plan to solve that problem, design/create instructional material (develop a solution); and then develop methods to evaluate results.
In my opinion, good instructional design is 1) visually appealing to the eye; 2) motivates the learner, 2) makes learning more efficient.
Description of what I envision my future career in IDT would be like
My recent experience working as a project management consultant in higher education has opened my eyes to the idea of working in higher education after graduation. My initial thought was that once I graduate I would go back into a corporate role or perhaps remain self-employed as a consultant. The position I would be interested in is e-Learning Coordinator/Developer, a position that typically reports to the Director of Educational Technology.
Some responsibilities of the position are as follows:
- Design and deliver e-Learning courses;
- Design, develop, and deliver faculty and student training programs in preparation for online learning.
- Consult and advise educators on best practices in instructional design and blended learning.
- Research, gather data, and re-purpose existing IDT materials as appropriate.