How to Gain Clout in the Field of Instructional Design

I worked with Jason McDonald, ID Extrodinaire, on live-streaming and recording a presentation he gave to a group of instructional designers on the topic of storytelling. Afterward, I asked him for his advice on how I could develop a positive reputation in the field of instructional design.  This is what he told me:

Present & publish

  1. Find out who’s interested in the the area of research you’re doing—Multicultural Online Learning Environments.
  2. Differentiate yourself from the pack.  500 people will be submitting conference request and publications.  Be sure to sell how your message is uniquely beneficial.
    1. Forge a great title.  The title is 80% of what draws peoples to come hear you present or read your article.
    2. Your presentation proposal is typically only a 75-word description of your topic.  Make it count.  Get others to read and revise it before submitting.
    3. At conferences, network beforehand.  Ask sincere questions of other presenters to engage them.  Tell them how your research efforts are related. Drop a friendly invitation.

Which Organizations should I Join?

  1. Start with smaller organizations, like AECT; they will have less competition.
  2. Find organizations that are currently publishing content in your area of interest.

About bryantanner

I'm obsessed with learning via the appropriate technology. My professional mission is to effectively deliver instruction to learners in a way that yields the greatest results for all stakeholders involved.
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