I walked into my introduction to instructional design class on Wednesday expecting a lecture on instructional systems design. I had gotten to the point in the semester where I was worn out and although I have loved my first semester of graduate school, it has chewed me up and spit me out in the best way possible. I thought I was going to sit through another lecture on a instructional design models and walk out no different than I walked in. Although not the best attitude to have, we have all been there.
I got to class and we started workshopping some of our ISD projects and after about an hour, we stopped and just decided to talk about design. My instructor, Andy Gibbons, an instructional design guru and major proponent of the layers theory of instructional design, did something so beautiful and shifted our class lesson on design models to what it means to be a designer, an educator, and human being.