Instructional Design Summit-Web


In the last decade, instructional designers in higher education have come to the forefront of the digital teaching and learning landscape. The unprecedented growth of online and blended learning has catapulted the ID profession into the spotlight and we now play a critical role in the design, development, and assessment of quality online and digital learning experiences. But where is our profession headed? What skills will someone in our role need 10 years from now? What is the difference – if any – between an instructional designer and a learning designer?

Join us in this half-day event where we will discuss these questions and engage in multiple dialogues around the evolving role of the instructional designer, the direction the profession is headed, and the key trends that impact the work that we do. Take part in topical group discussions with fellow participants, learn from expert panelists about their professional journey into the instructional design field, and network with other participants who share the passion for the work we do. We hope you can join us!

The ID Summit Planning Committee has curated a list of pre-readings that you are encouraged to review before the event takes place.

If you were able to attend this session, please take a minute to complete this short survey about your experience so that we can continue to improve for future events.

Virtual Participation

Can’t attend the conference in person? Join us at the ID Summit virtually!

The panel presentation will be streamed for you to watch live at 9:00 AM ET (note that you must register for virtual Accelerate attendance to access this stream). Then join us via Zoom for 60 minute break-out topic discussions for virtual participants. The Zoom room discussions will begin at 10:00 AM ET and will be an open and FREE event for all to attend. This virtual group will be discussing the same questions as the in-person break-out discussions and a Padlet will be available for text-based contributions as well.  We also encourage our virtual audience to participate in the social networking challenges!

You can also join in on the conversations via Twitter by following #OLCIDSUMMIT.

Register for virtual access here, and we hope to see you online at the ID Summit!


Jennifer Paloma Rafferty, Panel Moderator, OLC
Jennifer Paloma Rafferty, Panel Moderator
Angela Gunder, The University of Arizona
Angela Gunder
The University of Arizona
Samuel Gist, University of North Texas
Samuel Gist University of North Texas
Kasey Ford, University of Texas at Austin
Kasey Ford University of Texas at Austin
Jason Drysdale, University of Colorado - Denver
Jason Drysdale University of Colorado – Denver


We will open the Instructional Design Summit with a panel of emerging leaders in the field of instructional design. Following the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to break off into smaller, facilitator-led discussion groups on trending topics that impact the work we do. You are encouraged to share your perspective and gain new insights around these hot topics including project management, the future of the instructional design profession, accessibility and universal design for learning, collaboration with faculty, and tools for instructional design. You will also be able to come back and review the individual breakout topic discussion notes and presentation slides after the event has ended.


General Schedule

9:00am – 9:15am – General welcome and introductions

9:15am – 10:00am – Panel Presentation

10:00am – 10:10am – Break / Move to Breakout Rooms

10:10am – 10:50am – Break-out Topic Discussions

10:50am – 11:00am – Break / Return to Main Room

11:00am – 11:30am – All Group Reporting on Break-out Topic Discussions

11:30am – 12:00pm – Summit Wrap Up and Next Steps