For a given project, how do you determine if, when, and how much an instructional designer and instructional design are needed?Jay Cross response concludes with:
The answer this month’s Big Question is: common sense and intuition.I love mixing it up with Jay. Neither of us is shy about our opinions. And while I would agree with him that the current answer to the question is common sense and intuition, this shouldn't be the answer going forward. It's clearly insufficient. How do you back it up when you ask for funding?
Further if you look at Jay's examples and turn those into theoretical projects, e.g., help audience X, with background Y:
- learn to speak French
- learn the way to the store
- learn Ruby on Rails
- learn to negotiate
- learn to taste wine critically
- learn to lead effectively
I don't buy that the end of the answer is common sense and intuition.