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Who is Designing Learning Today?


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There are a number of occupational roles, positions, and career paths into learning design. This is an introduction to a few ways learning/instructional design careers are evolving in education and industry today.

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Who is Designing Learning Today?

  1. 1. Who is Designing Learning Today? @LauraPasquini
  2. 2. ● Instructional Designers ● Instructional Technologists ● Instructional Coordinators ● Learning Architects ● Learning Designers ● Learning Experience Designers (LX) ● Learning Development Specialist ● Learning Strategists ● Learning Scientists ● Learning Engineers ● Faculty, Instructors, & Teachers… OH MY! ID vs. LD: Who is Designing Learning Today?
  3. 3. Distance Learning Coordinators Instructional Coordinators Instructional Designers & Technologists L&D Managers Talent Development Technical Writers ID & LD Roles (to name just a few…) Occupational Roles for Learning Training & Development Specialists
  4. 4. Instructional Designers & Technologists (25-9031.01) Develop instructional materials and products; assets in the technology-based redesign of courses. Task include: 1. Present & make recommendations regards course design, technology, & instruction delivery options 2. Define instructional, learning, or performance objectives 3. Develop instructional materials & products for technology-based redesign of courses 4. Design learning products, included web-based aids or electronic performance support systems 5. Provide analytical support for the design & development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards O*NET Online:
  5. 5. Distance Learning Coordinators (11-9030.01) Coordinate day-to-day operations of distance learning programs and schedule courses: 1. Communicate to faculty, students, or other users of a distance learning courses or materials, programs, services, or applications 2. Develop distance learning program goals or plans, including equipment replacement, quality assurance, or course offering plans. 3. Supervise distance learning support staff 4. Assess distance-learning technological or educational needs and goals 5. Train instructors and distance learning staff in the use or support of distance O*NET Online:
  6. 6. ID vs. LD Learner-Centered Course Design Learning Happens Everywhere Focus is on the Learning Environment, Experiences, & Practices Follows a Learning Experience (LX) Development Process, e.g. Design Thinking, UX, UI, etc. Evidence-based learning development Instructor-Focused Course Design Learning Happens in the Course Focus is on the Teaching Delivery & Instructional Materials Follows a Prescribed Learning Development Process/Framework e.g. ADDIE, SAMR, etc. Needs-based curriculum writing 1 2 3 4 5
  7. 7. What About Learning Engineers?
  8. 8. There is overlap with LD, ID, and learning engineer, here are some characteristics of this emerging role for learning development. A learning engineers are often a team of professionals who design learning environments, specifically by: • Working closely with administrators rather than with with instructors & subject matter experts • Developing research on learning & data science to make decisions based on quantitative analysis • Changing and driving learning initiatives at the program level; bigger picture • Are involved in learning science research, for example - The OpenSimon Initiative at CMU: Learning Engineers: (Lieberman, 2018)
  9. 9. Design of Learning: A Field in Transition 1. Nature of Professionalism: We know there are multiple paths to career development, education, & training in the field; support is needed for all pathways into the profession 2. Research Agendas: We need to discuss an inclusive, cohesive, and rigorous research agenda around teaching and learning that looks at the nuanced picture of learner experience, environments, & outcomes 3. The Complexity of Instructional & Learning Design: We need to discuss how institutions and organizations can better facilitate flexible, cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams for improved leadership, research, and course development (Kilgore, Torcivia, & Gogia, 2019)
  10. 10. More about learning design careers: A Snapshot of Instructional Design: Talking Points for a Field in Transition by Whitney Kilgore, Patrice Torcivia, & Laura Gogia “Instructional Designer” vs. “Learning Designer” by Joshua Kim Learning Engineers Inch Toward the Spotlight by Mark Lieberman Instructional Design vs. Learning Experience Design: Is There Really A Difference? By Monica Gragg @LauraPasquini