A contact of mine named Connie Malamed speaks and teaches about 21st Century Instructional Design. She is active in helping move instructional design into newer, fresher modes of practice.
A resource she offers may be of interest to people curious about instructional design as a potential career field. Connie has an email introduction to “Breaking Into Instructional Design.” The course is really a sort of 12-part tutorial on the field, delivered twice a week. If this is something that might be of interest to you, check it out here at breakingintoid.com.
Steve’s Program – E-learning Instructional Design Apprenticeship
I also have a more in-depth program in the works–an E-learning Instructional Design Apprenticeship program. My program is designed to help a person who is new to the field learn the instructional design role, what it is like working in the field, what it takes to get hired, how to work with subject matter experts and team members, and how to build a portfolio of work. (And, of course, it includes advice and practice building simulations and scenario-based training!) By the end of the program, the learner will have built a portfolio of several different kinds of e-learning solutions to show to clients or hiring managers.
The catch to my E-Learning Instructional Design Apprenticeship is that I need poking. I tend to develop things when I know that there is an audience who wants what I can provide. If this sort of thing is of interest to you, please contact me or comment to let me know.