Instructional Design/Learning Design

The role of the instructional designer varies from campus to campus and comes with its own unique set of responsibilities and challenges.  This curated collection provides resources that are both unique to the role and preparation of the instructional designer, as well as resources that provide instructional designers with supplemental knowledge and skills to enrich their role and collaborations with others in the higher education field.

Research Studies, Reports, and White Papers

Access and Accessibility in Digital and Online Learning - Issues in Higher Education and K-12 Contexts
Access and Accessibility in Digital and Online Learning This white paper provides an overview of critical terms, legal precedents, and other considerations to improve the educational experiences of learners with disabilities. Read more
Making Digital Learning Work: Success Strategies from Six Leading  Universities and Community Colleges
Making Digital Learning Work
This study provides actionable data, rich case studies and best practice recommendations for institutions looking to scale digital learning. Read more
Instructional Design in Higher Education This report highlights the opinions instructional designers have of their backgrounds, experiences, and roles. We hope it lends a voice to their breadth of backgrounds, responsibilities, and viewpoints.
Research Preparation and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education - Results from a national study
Research Preparation and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education – Results from a national study The study targets institutional designers from campuses all over the US to explore the research engagement and training of instructional designers in institutions of higher education.
Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history and current state of online, blended, and online learnin
Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history and current state of online, blended, and online learning Explores the importance of the human factors: social interaction, well-designed learning experiences, participatory pedagogy, and effective techniques for using technology to support learning.

Searchable Research Collections

Online Learning - Journal
OLC Online Learning Journal Online Learning is OLC’s peer-reviewed journal. Explore the searchable database of 21 years of manuscripts.
Coursewear-In-Context-Database3
Courseware In Context This Research Collection database provides information regarding digital courseware and allows users to suggest articles for the collection.

Webinars & Podcasts

UNIFIED CONTENT STRATEGY
Developing a Unified Content Strategy in The Time of Adaptive, Digital, and OER Where do you want your institution’s content strategy (or mix, or model) to be in four years?
From Classroom to Campus-wide Leveraging Instructional Designers at Different Scales-01
From Classroom to Campus-wide Leveraging Instructional Designers at Different Scales In this webinar, panel members will discuss strategies to leverage instructional designers on campus.
Instructional Designers in Higher Education: The Role, Responsibilities and Experiences of Instructional Designers
Instructional Designers in Higher Education: The Role, Responsibilities and Experiences of Instructional Designers In this webinar, learn all about instructional designers; their role, responsibilities and experience.
SYNCHRONOUS VIRTUAL TEACHING
Learning to Teach Virtually: An Investigation of Synchronous Virtual Classroom Training Webinar In this “Learning to Teach Virtually” webinar we’ll share and discuss key findings from a Virtual Classroom Training Survey…read more
Moving the Innovative Institution Forward: Tools & Strategies for Instructional Designers
Moving the Innovative Institution Forward: Tools & Strategies for Instructional Designers In this webinar, learn all about tools and techniques that instructional designers include in their strategies for…read more
Postsecondary Perspectives on Digital Learning: Parts One & Two
Postsecondary Perspectives on Digital Learning: Parts One & Two In this two-part webinar series, we invite you to reflect on the use of instructional technology to support teaching…read more
Research Training and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education
Research Training and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education In this webinar, researchers from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit will offer an overview of the results from their national study on…read more
Using Data-Driven Instructional Design to Optimize Student Outcomes
Using Data-Driven Instructional Design to Optimize Student Outcomes Benny G. Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Research & Development for Acrobatiq will discuss how advances in data-driven instructional design and learning analytics are enabling improvements in learning outcomes…read more
Going Online-Perspectives on Digital Learning Webinar
What You Can Do Online but Not On Campus—Innovations in Digital Education Author Bob Ubell discusses themes from his book, covering covers what it is, how it works, where it came from, and where it may be headed.
OLC Podcasts
OLC Podcasts

Publications

Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments - New Pedagogical Frontiers
Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments  This book examines various perspectives, issues, and methods for conducting research in online and blended learning environments.
Going Online-Perspectives on Digital Learning
Going Online: Prespectives on Digital Learning One of our most respected online learning leaders offers insights into virtual education—what it is, how it works, where it came from, and where it may be headed.