The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) unveiled last week at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference and Exposition in Orlando, FL, some of the latest research in talent development in a conference session titled Skills, Challenges, and Trends in Instructional Design.
Through a collaborative partnership between ATD, Rothwell & Associates (R&A) and IACET, the R&A research team implemented a study to investigate these questions: “Have the competencies of instructional design changed? Should they change? How has instructional design (ID) evolved over the past few decades?” To answer these questions, the research team designed and implemented a mixed-method approach, which consisted of three stages: literature review, focus groups, and an online survey.
The results from this study support three major findings:
"Each year, through its Grover Andrews research endowment, IACET funds research that contributes to furthering the field of continuing education and training. Because these three organizations—ATD, IACET, and R&A—all share a tremendous passion for developing the workforce, it made sense for IACET to be a strategic research and funding partner for this initiative. There’s significant overlap between ATD’s workplace learning and performance competency model and IACET’s accreditation Standard in the area of instructional design. We owe it to our respective organizations, our field, and to those whom we all serve, our learners, to ensure that ATD’s certification and IACET’s accreditation criteria accurately reflect the work that is required and must be performed by professionals in our field to offer training is learner-oriented, relevant, inclusive, and impactful.” said Kris Newbauer, IACET Board Member and subject matter expert on this project.