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Explaining What Instructional Designers Do

“So, what do you do?” 

This question is part of many casual conversations and small talk when meeting new people. Inevitably when I tell people I’m an instructional designer I get a look of curiosity (or confusion) from the other person, followed by an interest in knowing more. 

In truth, it’s not a simple question to answer because instructional design is not easy to describe. Sometimes I tell people I design curriculum, and then they want to know for what grad

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