Our Spring 2015 Call for Volunteers is Open!

Application Deadline: January 2, 2015

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Designers for Learning is now a 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 (tax-exempt applications in process). 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.

Volunteer selection announced!

Volunteer selection for our current service-learning project was announced on September 2nd. See the design studio that supports the collaboration of our cohort of 13 students enrolled in college instructional design programs.

Design Studio

Get matched

students

Volunteer as a Designer

Are you a currently enrolled instructional design college student looking to gain experience? If so, contact us to volunteer for an instructional or performance improvement service-learning project.
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Nonprofits

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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faculty

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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Mentors

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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