Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Recipe: Instructional Designer


  • 2 tablespoon of ingenuity
  • 1 cup of analytical skills
  • 4-5 distinct slices of writing skills
  • 1 small packet of language skills puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon of communication design
  • 1/2 teaspoon of LMS/ content technology
  • 1 cup of management paste(mix together half cup of vendor and 1/4 cup of client and ¼ cup self management paste for this)
  • Content knowledge according to taste (requirements)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of ingenuity in a pan.
  2. Now add 1 cup of analytical skills and wait until it turns brown.
  3. Add 4-5 distinct slices of writing skills mixed together with the puree of language skills.
  4. Now add 1/2 teaspoon of communication design and then 1/2 teaspoon of LMS/ content technology. Keep stirring back and forth.
  5. Pour over 1 cup of management paste and check if the dish has become thick enough, if not, add some more paste.
  6. Finally, add a dash of content knowledge according to your taste and heat the dish until you smell end user and customer satisfaction.


Sonali on May 20, 2008 at 5:24 PM said...

Nice thought Shalinee and a good summary of the skills required by an ID!

Just one point - why do we have the dash of "content knowledge" at the end?? :)

shalinee on May 21, 2008 at 9:42 AM said...

It is not about when the dash of content knowledge/understanding is added in the recipe,it is about its importance.Imagine a recipe without the required amount of salt/sugar! Though, we don't require to be experts in the content but subtle understanding of the concepts will do what salt does to a dish.:)

Blogger In Middle-earth on May 24, 2008 at 3:13 AM said...

Kia Ora Shalinee.

What a wonderful way to serve ID. I like the metaphorical ingredients and their quantities and I'm impressed with the quantity of distinct slices of writing skills.

As opposed to bits torn from the loaf, there must be some significance in the care taken over adding 'distinct slices'.

Given that the mixture is subsequently stirred until thick, what's the purpose of the slicing technique?

Oh, and, does it matter if the slices are distinctly thick or thin?
Ka kite
from Middle-earth

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