Exploring Alternative Learning Design Approaches

Concurrent Session 11

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Brief Abstract

Factors such as resource constraints and innovative projects often require that learning designers adapt traditional instructional design processes to accommodate project needs. In this facilitated discussion, participants will visualize their course development models and share their experiences with different approaches to uncover practices that afford more agility and creativity to design teams.

Presenters

Kate Miffitt is the Assistant Director of Innovation at California State University's Office of the Chancellor. Previously, she’s served in different roles in instructional design and digital learning at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds a B.A. in English from Stonehill College and an M.A. in education in instructional technologies from San Francisco State University.

Extended Abstract

Many learning design units are experiencing an increase in demand, as more institutions explore strategic opportunities in online learning and as faculty experiment with more technology-enhanced teaching and learning in multiple delivery modes. Some teams find they don’t have the resources to meet the demand, while others find that traditional approaches can’t accommodate the variety of innovative project types that they are asked to collaborate on. In both scenarios, learning designers have to adapt traditional instructional design processes to accommodate project needs.

The catalyst for this session is a case study at our institution. The retirement of an instructor of a traditional large lecture course required for a minor created an opportunity to develop an online version of the course quickly. We employed a team-based approach, collaborating with subject matter experts from three different academic departments, and paired them with two instructional designers, to design and develop the online course much more rapidly than our typical process. Because of the project’s success in both its efficiency, and also the creativity that resulted from the collaboration, we are exploring alternative course development approaches based on project needs.

In this facilitated discussion, participants will be invited to visualize their course development models in a flowchart or similar design and share their experiences with different approaches. The goals of the session are to describe alternative instructional design and project development approaches and to consider new practices that afford more agility and creativity to design teams. This session is intended for learning designers, managers, leaders, and others interested in discussing flexible processes to meet the evolving demands of teaching and learning with technology.