Adib Masumian from our elearning group got Kevin Gumienny, Senior Learning Architect at Microassist, to sit down for an interview on his job. In this segment, Kevin gives us his opinion on what the best thing about being an instructional designer is.
This segment is the second in an ongoing series of interviews that we are conducting with Kevin. Stay tuned for more!
Q: What is the best thing about being an Instructional Designer?
Kevin Gumienny: – I think personally the thing I most enjoy about being an instructional designer is just the new areas of knowledge that you encounter all the time. See the thing is, I’m not a subject matter expert in any of the course topics that I work with. I’m an expert in designing instructional experiences.
Now, that instructional experience can deal with storm water remediation, can deal with raising and climbing light poles. It can deal with making sure that when people deal with children who have parents in the military, when those parents in military come back, that their children can welcome them with open arms.
There’s all these kinds of different training environments and all these subject matter areas that we have to learn about as instructional designers. Now, I’m not a subject matter expert and I’ll never be a subject matter expert in any of these. But, that thrill of having something new always online. Although, to tell you the truth, I have designed a course on wastewater treatment and I know more about what happens after you flush the toilet than any person not in the business should have a right to know.
But, still all told, that vast amount of new knowledge. The constant learning of new areas of subject matter. It’s really what I find probably one of the most personally rewarding aspects of being an instructional designer.