Defining core competencies of an instructional technologist

Robert D. Tennyson

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Development of effective learning environments in an efficient manner is the goal of instructional development. The process of instructional development in highly complex learning situations requires that instructional technologists be competent in three basic core knowledge areas. This article defines the competency requirements for instructional technologists. Competency in the areas of educational foundations, ISD methodology, and ID process would improve learning and reduce the overall risk in the field of technology-based learning. Included in this article is a worksheet (Appendix) to help the reader rate his or her own competency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-361
Number of pages7
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2001


  • Core knowledge
  • Educational foundations
  • Instructional systems development
  • Instructional technologist
  • Instructional theory
  • Learning theory


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