Depending on who you ask, the ability of an Instructional Designer to write code will bring up a variety of answers. One might think that using just an authoring tool to create their elearning will get the job done and that might be the case depending on what you would like to accomplish. However, if you can add the expertise of a Computer Programmer to provide animations and graphics written with a computer language, then why not?
Coding isn’t for everyone and I understand it’s not an easy task to learn. That’s why we, at Pathways, have taken the strategy of having Computer Programmers AND Instructional Designers. They compliment each other very well and make for a more impressive and effective final product.