LEARN: A New Model for Instructional Design

Concurrent Session 3

Brief Abstract

Current models for instructional design cannot keep up with today's demands. Time to embrace a new model focusing on satisfaction and the joy of discovery.


Carolyn is the Manager of Instructional Design and Technology for Wichita State. She is student-driven in her approach to course and program development, and begins every project with the question, 'what do the students need and want from this experience?' Prior to joining WSU in 2014, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Friends University and later as a freelance online instructional designer and online political science professor with various colleges across the country. Carolyn has her BA in political science from the University of Kansas and her MA in political science from the University of Iowa. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in adult and continuing education from Kansas State. Since then, she has attended two years of culinary school at the Iowa Culinary Institute and is now finishing an MA in food history at Wichita State.

Extended Abstract

The models and standards for quality available to today's instructional designers simply are not enough. There is too much emphasis on a kind of "quality" that is easily measured and a kind of design and development process that privileges the "measurable outcome/objective" over the process of education. It's time for a new design ethos and model. This education session will discuss Green Light Design and its LEARN model: new ways to think about how to get quality, accessible, and scalable course online in a timely fashion. The LEARN model is based on the critical five steps of good instructional design: Listen, Envision, Adapt, Revise, Negotiate. Participants will be introduced to this model and have the opportunity to participate in the development of ideas consistent with our Green Light Design philosophy.

Participants in this session will leave being able to:
1) Explain the idea driving Green Light Design.
2) Explain and reflect upon the LEARN model.
3) Connect with other like-minded designers and others eager to refocus educational outcomes to include qualitative and difficult to measure concepts such as "learn" and "understand."

The presenters will provide handouts and contact information.