Reflecting on Instructional Design, Performance Support, and Technology

January 18, 2023
4 minutes
Allison Rossett joined #IDIODC January 18.

Allison Rossett's website has a great quote, "She works on Learning and Technology in a way that is creative, concrete, and quirky." But what it should say is “The Greatest of All Time!” And her credits and accolades prove it. Not to mention being a genuinely wonderful human being.

She is a legend in L&D, but specifically making her mark in the realm of Performance Support. She was promoting Performance Analysis and Support before most practitioners had even thought about what instruction might look like outside of the classroom.  

I still have the first edition of First Things Fast on my bookshelf. If you don't have it, you should get it.  

The wonderful thing about Allison is that she enjoys life and is a pleasure to talk with. I once asked her to keynote a TLDC Event I was programming and she told me she would like to discuss Happiness. Happiness in the workplace: Who owns it? Of course, I said yes, and she crushed it! The recording is probably still available on YouTube.  

Honestly, I didn’t care what we ended up talking about with her. And we cover topics all over the place. It was so much FUN! If you missed this special episode with the Legend of Performance Support Allison Rossett, you can still watch the recording.

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About Allison Rossett

Dr. Allison Rossett, long time professor of educational technology at San Diego State University, now retired, is in the Training Magazine HRD Training Hall of Fame, and was honored with selection as an ISPI Member-for-Life and with the coveted Thomas Gilbert Award for thought leadership. Recipient of ASTD’s recognition for lifelong contributions to workplace learning and designated an ASTD LEGEND, Allison served on the ASTD Board and the CLO Advisory Board. Allison authored six books, including her award winning First Things Fast and Job Aids and Performance Support. She authored a white paper for the American Management Association, Blended Learning Opportunities and another, on learner engagement, for Adobe Systems. Allison is known for useful and irreverent writing, like: "Confessions of a Web Dropout," and “Training and Organizational Development, Siblings Separated at Birth.” Allison's client list includes IBM, HP, the Getty Conservation Institute, Fidelity Investments, Kaiser Permanente, BP, the IRS, Boeing, Amgen, USAA, Bank of America, Facebook, and many start-ups. 

Allison currently serves on several boards, including Diversionary Theatre, Forever Balboa Park and Arcadia University. 


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (Affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

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