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!


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.


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