I facilitate the instructional design course for several graduate programs in human resource development, and I’ve taught intense workshops on the topic as well. In these courses, my students learn the key processes and decision points in designing learning approaches that run the gamut from traditional classroom or online modules to developmental approaches that involve curation, social learning, experiential learning, and other less structured techniques.
But instructional design can’t really be learned in one course, even with the benefit of a robust application project to test out new skills. As we are wrapping up, students often ask what’s next – they want to know some strategies for deepening their skills and staying up to date.
This page is my response to that query. There are no additional courses or training programs on this list, but I have highlighted resources that I think take the discussions we’ve had to the next level along with the people and organizations instructional designers would do well to follow. (Note: If you’ve not taken a core course on instructional design, I recommend that as a starting place to give you the core concepts and practices that are the foundation of the work.)
To my mind, one of the attractions of a career in instructional design is that you can spend a lifetime in the field and not reach the full depth and breadth of what is possible. Our tools and techniques are ever evolving, and every project has its own nuances and challenges. The resources here share words of wisdom that will help you to expand your perspective and develop your design skills.
Elegant, effective design is born out of both discipline and art. And I hope instructional design brings you the same joy it brings me.
If you would like support planning your own professional development or devising training and development for your team on core instructional design skills, contact me to discuss options.