Education Impact Day: You’re Invited!

Join us on Saturday, November 12th for a 12-hour Webcast-athon!

Designers for Learning at #AECT16

See links to our presentations and other materials.

Join our open service course to gain instructional design experience!

Free Course: September 12 - December 4, 2016

Designers for Learning is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization!

Designers for Learning is organized as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois, and operates exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Designers for Learning promotes service-learning opportunities through collaboration with schools, students, and volunteers.

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Helping those who help others

We help nonprofits and other social enterprises achieve their missions by targeting performance gaps impacting the organization. Matched with nonprofits in service-learning projects, instructional design students develop solutions that are customized to the organization’s learning and performance improvement needs.

Our motivation

With over 2.3 million nonprofit organizations in the US, there is enormous opportunity for the instructional design community to offer performance improvement expertise to help social enterprises achieve their missions. A parallel opportunity exists to offer real-world experience to instructional design students.

Our two-part mission

  1. To provide nonprofits with instructional design products that improve performance.
  2. To provide instructional design students experience to develop their skills.

Get Involved


Volunteer as a Designer

Are you a looking to gain instructional design experience? If so, contact us to enroll or volunteer in a service-learning project.
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Become a Client

Are you part of a nonprofit or social enterprise? If so, contact us to become a client in a service-learning project to improve employee, volunteer, or customer learning and performance outcomes.
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Involve Your Students

Are you faculty in an instructional design or related program? If so, contact us to involve your students in our service-learning projects. We align our projects with the needs of student volunteers.
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Mentor Volunteers

Do you have professional experience and an academic background in instructional design or a related field? If so, contact us if you are interested in volunteering as a mentor.
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