The Interview with Dr. Luke Hobson on Instructional Design

What does an instructional designer do?

Can anyone become an instructional designer?

  • Passion. This field of education requires lots of it.
  • Understanding your role. You’re not a teacher. You’re not an administrator. You’re kind of behind the scenes and, at the same time, you’re not.
  • Experience. You need a considerable amount of experience to design engaging learning.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What is your favorite part of being an instructional designer?

What is your least favorite part of being an instructional designer?

If you could go back in time and give your earlier self advice about instructional design, what would it be?

What other advice do you have for instructional design beginners?

  • Work with folks more, and step outside of your comfort zone. You shouldn’t be afraid of this experience, but embrace it and make the most out of it.
  • Don’t be afraid of the fact that you don’t have all the answers. You can admit that you don’t know. You have the opportunity to go and find out. Connect with others, and then go and bring that back.
  • Be a lifelong learner, enjoy learning, enjoy teaching yourself. If you don’t enjoy learning new things, then this role is not for you.

How is ID in the corporate world different from that in higher education?

  • How long do you actually have to work on a project?
  • What are the resources?
  • What’s the budget?
Luke Hobson with his wife

Do you think that motivation for a student and a corporate worker is different?

So, no matter whether it’s the higher education or corporate field, you can inspire a student or a learner to take the course and be successful?

  • If I take this, what am I going to be learning about?
  • How is this going to help me?

Imagine that we are putting together a starter kit for an instructional designer. What resources can we put there?

During your career as an instructional designer, have you noticed changes in how people are consuming the information, how they learn, so that you now have to change the way you are building the content or the training courses?

Can you make some predictions about the future of eLearning?

Luke Skywalker Hobson bringing hope to the galaxy of instructional design

What is the course you are most proud of?

Can you name the most important thing every instructional designer or future instructional designer should do right after this conversation to take one step further on their career path?

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