This year has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us in higher education, and instructional designers are no exception. Faculty, administrators, students, parents, and so many others have relied on instructional designers this year to do the impossible: rapidly create just-in-time resources, coach and support faculty, and transition countless courses to remote and online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. So: how have we changed? What are we prepared for now that we weren’t six months ago? What old problems matter less, and what new problems have emerged? What wicked design problems can we tackle with rekindled visibility, trust, and focus?

The OLC Instructional Design Summit is back and ready to rock! Join us for compelling questions, spirited conversation, expert panelists, and action-oriented breakout sessions. This year’s summit will take place virtually and will be divided into two segments: a one hour conversation with our panelists, followed by two hours for wicked design problem break-out rooms focused on creating solutions to the biggest problems in our field. You’ll choose your break-out topic when you register, so come equipped with some great ideas and be ready to learn and create with colleagues from across the globe!

Here are two examples of the wicked problems we’ll be solving together at the 2020 Instructional Design Summit:

Instructional design is critical in all learning modalities. Institutions are resource strapped, and ID teams often burn out even when working within a single modality (online). How can institutions of various sizes sustainably scale design work with limited resources, and without overtaxing faculty or instructional designers?

Learning management systems are the most prevalent platforms for teaching and taking online or blended courses. However, many believe that their emphasis on convenience for managing instructional materials and students engenders transaction rather than transformation, and compliance instead of student/faculty agency. How can the LMS be reimagined as a new digital learning environment (DLE), predicated on the tenants of learning, collaboration, flexibility, agency, and relationship?

We hope this whets your appetite for the 2020 Instructional Design Summit! Stay tuned for registration details, information about our panelists, and more wicked design problems that we’ll work through together. After all, that’s what instructional designers do best: work together to create things that are better than we could do alone. We can’t wait to see you at the summit!

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
Jason Drysdale, Panel Moderator, University of Colorado - Denver
Jason Drysdale, Panel Moderator University of Colorado – Denver
Sundi Richard, Davidson College
Sundi Richard
Davidson College
Berlin Fang, Abilene Christian University
Berlin Fang Abilene Christian University
Lainie Hoffman, University of Colorado Denver
Lainie Hoffman University of Colorado Denver
Amy Archambault, Wake Forest University
Amy Archambault Wake Forest University


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

1:00pm – 1:45pm – Part 1

2:15pm – 3:00pm – Part 2

3:30pm – 4:15pm – Part 3


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