Cultivating the Next Generation of Instructional Designers with Remote Internships
The need for experienced instructional designers who are ready to create quality online courses right now is greater than ever before. How do we meet this need as a field and cut down on the time it takes for new IDs to gain the professional skills they need? Remote internships!
When it comes to instructional design we all know that, like anything else in life, we learn so much more by actually doing the work as compared to learning about how to do the work. The experience we get by jumping in and immediately beginning to solve authentic problems is a huge boost to our learning in any context.
The changes we have all experienced as a result of the pandemic have only increased the need for quality online courses, meaning that the need for experienced instructional designers who are ready to begin working with faculty to create quality online courses right now is greater than ever before. How do we meet this need as a field? How do we cut down on the time it takes for new IDs to gain the professional skills they need to be successful? Remote internships to the rescue!
This session, designed specifically for higher education instructional design/educational technology professionals, education faculty who teach in instructional design programs, and instructional design students, will focus on important elements to consider when creating a quality, remote instructional design internship. The presenters will share their own story about designing a remote internship from scratch, lessons they learned from the experience and practical tools they created to make it easier for others to get their own remote internship programs launched. The session will have a particular focus on connecting and making an internship meaningful, for both the student and the sponsor, in a remote environment.
Specific resources from the session will include:
- Planning Framework Tools for ID professionals and faculty to use to create and organize a quality remote internship for a student
- Resources for students seeking internships
This interactive, asynchronous session will also include:
- Polling features, to provide both attendees and presenters with more information about specific needs in the field that ID internships might address
- The opportunity to schedule follow up one-on-one meeting with presenters to engage about specific questions and experiences
- A “design your own internship” challenge in which participants have the opportunity to explore what an ideal internship might look like