Professional Development for the Instructional Designer: Opportunities at the OLC Institute

Concurrent Session 11

Brief Abstract

Join us during this emerging ideas session to learn about the various professional development opportunities provided by the OLC Institute for Professional Development tailored specifically for the instructional designer role. The offering types that will be reviewed include the Instructional Designer Certificate Program, the Instructional Design Mastery Series, and individual courses related to project management, research methods, and learning sciences, all with the instructional designer in mind.

Presenters

Jennifer Paloma Rafferty ( Pronouns: she, her, hers) provides leadership in researching, scoping, managing, and evaluating a full range of professional development solutions for multiple audiences within the OLC Institute for Professional Development. She has worked since 1999 supporting online learning initiatives in higher education and in the adult basic education system. Jennifer assumed this role at OLC after working for over seven years as an instructional designer at Quinnipiac University Online in Hamden, Connecticut. During her time at Quinnipiac University, Jennifer was also responsible for spearheading the development of the first online Spanish course at the University. She continues to teach this specialized curriculum for the School of Nursing and presents both nationally and internationally on the topic of online foreign language instruction. Prior to working in higher education, Jennifer was the project manager for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Distance Learning Project. In this role, she collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Education and Project IDEAL to research and identify best practices for distance learning programs serving adult GED and ESL students. Jennifer holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from UMASS Boston, a Masters of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College.

Extended Abstract

The online learning landscape is fast-paced and always changing. The instructional designer working in higher education needs to stay informed of new developments in eLearning to keep themselves current, for their work role as well as their own professional development. Join us during this emerging ideas session to learn about the various professional development opportunities provided by the OLC Institute for Professional Development that are tailored specifically for the instructional designer role. Whether you would like to learn strategies for working with faculty during new course developments, project management skills, ways you can engage in research, or enhance your knowledge on learning sciences and their application, the Institute has an offering to suit your needs!

The offering types that will be reviewed during this session include the Instructional Designer Certificate Program, the Instructional Design Mastery Series, and individual courses related to project management, research methods, and learning sciences, all with the instructional designer in mind.