Whether you are a fresh Instructional Designer or someone with a decade or two worth of experience under their belt, when it comes to your zest for learning, it’s all the same. The need to learn is like the need to breathe or the need to eat – we all feel it – regardless of how many times we’ve done it before.
Note that we speak of Fresh vs. Experienced Instructional Designers here, and not of Novice vs. Expert IDs. There’s a clear difference between the two. While the first comparison is about how experienced the IDs are, the second is about how knowledgeable they are.
Instructional Design belongs to the cognitive learning domain, so speaking in terms of Bloom’s Taxonomy, the second comparison is on Bloom’s Levels (BL1/2 or BL5/6,) and the first is on the number of years one has spent in the profession of creating effective content for their learners.
It’s important to remember that experience doesn’t automatically make a person knowledgeable, analytical, or creative in a particular field of study. It’s the person’s willingness to push the boundaries and synthesize new knowledge into coming up with innovative solutions, which makes a person an “expert.”
The thing is, regardless of where you are on the experience continuum, learning more and expanding your horizons of knowledge is always something to be proud of.
Instructional Design Junction is going to be place where you will be inspired to set aside all your apprehensions, so that you could reflect upon your prior learning and realize that unlearning and relearning is something to feel proud of – it isn’t something to hide in a closet or push under the mattress – but to bask under and feel happy about.