What’s in a title? Educational designer, Instructional designer, Learning designer . . .
The romantic view (actually helping others become better at this core skill) :
When we are supporting teachers to completely redesign a course to be fully online or substantially blended we use a very basic design template which doesn’t actually mention moodle at all. We don’t want their design to be driven by a specific set of tools. Yes they need to have some understanding about Moodle and also other potential online tools not within the Moodle toolbox. But especially when the teacher is new to this we see it as our job to help them think through how their ideas will translate into an actual course . . . . .
From David Sturrock’s post at Moodle.org. (Log in as a guest if you don’t have an account)
He has some really cool concepts here, drawing on the OTARA model.
Plus check out LDNet, the Learning design community (in embyonic form) at Ako Aoteraroa.