Getting into Instructional Design

Someone just emailed me about getting into instructional design. There are a number of programs and academies have have sprung up for this (of variable quality), but it’s always good to start with free resources while you are just exploring, so here are few things that are available.

Connie Malamed created a free resource for people interested in ID (she also has a very valuable paid membership community here):

She hasn’t added new episodes for a while, but Nyla Spooner did a podcast called “I’m new here” for new IDs:

L&D Cares is a not-for-profit effort that works to connect people with community/mentors. It was initially a pandemic effort, so I’m not sure how active it is, but worth checking out:

As part of a thought experiment, I recently asked ChatGPT to create a list of potential ID project for a workplace instructional designer (as opposed to higher ed), and it was a decent list. You can see it here:

List of typical ID projects for workplace

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