As an instructional designer, I find it a little challenging to respond to someone who asks: “what do you do?” People usually mis-hear and think I said ‘industrial engineer,’ ‘interior designer,’ or something like it. In my experience, if you ask 10 instructional designers what they do, you will probably get upwards of 8-9 different responses. This does not help with clarity of what an instructional designer actually does, does it!? If you know someone who does this kind of work, ask them. Look at job descriptions for instructional designers or instructional technologists to see what is expected. Remember, just because it’s in the job description, does not mean you have to have expertise in that area.
I am currently the inaugural Director of Instructional Design and Learning Innovation at the University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM). Previously, I was also the first instructional designer hired at the college of medicine, Chicago campus.
I completed my PhD in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University in spring 2020. My dissertation topic: Assessment of Faculty Acceptance of, Behavioral Intention to Use, and Actual Usage Behavior of Technology in Inquiry-Based Learning in Medical Education: Using the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology.