Magazine article Talent Development

Instructional Design Skills Need to Keep Up with Pace of Change: Study Identifies Both Top-Ranked and Least-Important ID Skills

Magazine article Talent Development

Instructional Design Skills Need to Keep Up with Pace of Change: Study Identifies Both Top-Ranked and Least-Important ID Skills

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Although roles of instructional designers often vary from organization to organization, what is constant and cannot be ignored is that instructional designers must evolve and adapt to keep atop today's changing environment. Instructional design challenges are becoming more complicated because new trends continue to emerge and essential competencies of instructional designers today are more comprehensive.

Through a collaborative partnership between the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, and Rothwell & Associates, the Rothwell & Associates research team conducted a sequential mixed-method study to investigate the changing environment. Data were collected from 26 individuals distributed across five focus groups. Based on feedback from the focus group, an online survey was designed and administered, which resulted in 1,381 respondents from 37 countries and varied industries, including education, finance, healthcare, and manufacturing.

The survey revealed that 31 percent of participants believe that their job title does not accurately capture their job responsibilities. Those who responded "no" commented that they wanted a more comprehensive title such as "jack of all trades," which would reflect that an instructional designer also must serve as an organizational development consultant, executive coach, and communications specialist.

When asked to rank competencies, more participants chose "conduct a needs assessment," "design a curriculum, program, or learning solution," and "identify appropriate learning approach" as most important, while "integrate technology options," "analyze and select technologies," and "evaluate learning design? …

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