May 12, 2022

A first look at instructional design now

Today we offer a first look at some exciting research that we will publish in March 2015. ATD Research and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) have partnered on a new project that will soon be published on the State of Design pedagogical (ID) in organizations.

Presentation Instructional Design Now: A New Era of Learning and Beyond

It’s certainly an exciting time to be an instructional designer. The field of instructional design (ID) integrates a growing and changing array of learning strategies, tools, and approaches into training experiences that appeal to today’s workers while meeting their learning needs. complex learning.

The latest report from ATD and i4cp will provide current insight into identification in organizations, as well as explore the most pressing challenges facing instructional designers. The study’s findings are based on a survey of 1,120 identification professionals.

The identification community

Among survey participants, who work in organizations across all industry sectors, 44% had a formal undergraduate or graduate degree in ID or a related field. About a sixth had ID certification, with ATD’s Certified Learning and Performance Professional (CPLP) being the most popular. Formal degree programs and ID certifications tend to be relatively new, and these rates will likely increase in the future.

ID relies on traditional approaches and new technologies

Today’s identification professionals have an incredibly large and ever-changing selection of tools, technologies, and approaches. While it can also be overwhelming and difficult to keep up with current technologies, a state government instructional designer pointed out, “so many tools and resources and allow for better design and more creativity “.

Instructional designers leverage proven approaches, as well as newer technologies, to deliver learning in organizations. The most frequently used tool or approach is traditional classroom learning, which nine out of 10 organizations rely on to a large extent.

Additionally, assessments, which are administered to assess skills, training needs, and learning progress, are also widely used. Survey respondents have also embraced Learning Management Systems (LMS), a technology that collects, manages and reports information about organizational learning efforts.

Identification is not as efficient as it could be

One concerning finding from the research was that only about half of ID professionals surveyed said they felt their ID efforts were highly effective in helping achieve business goals. Even more troubling, less than four in 10 think their identification efforts are effective in meeting learning needs.

Some insight into why identification is not reaching its full potential also emerged from the survey responses. Participants expressed difficulty reaching out to senior management and convincing them that identification was important, and many reported a lack of internal staff with the necessary design skills.

Learn more

The full report will be available in March at Members will have free access to a free white paper version of the report. For the latest updates on our research, follow us on Twitter at @atdresearch.