Author: JMaddrell

See you at #AECT16 October 17 – 21, 2016

Designers for Learning will be hosting a booth at the Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT) annual convention in the exhibitor area from Tuesday, October 18th through Friday, October 21st. As a nonprofit with service-learning mission, our focus is on educational impact. If you will be at the conference, please stop by to share your stories of impact (your past successes, current initiatives, and needed innovations). During the conference, keep an eye on twitter where we will post your stories under the hashtag #EdImpact16. Read more ...

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Announcement for September 19, 2016

We had an exciting first week of course introductions with participants from around the world. While Designers for Learning is based in the United States, 20% of the participants who completed the Welcome Survey are from outside North America, and English is not the primary language for 15% in the class. In addition, we have a highly educated and ambitious group with 93% holding a Bachelor's degree or higher, and 66% with a Master's degree or higher! If you are taking this course to expand your opportunities, you aren’t alone as 55% noted their primary reason for joining the class is to gain skills for a new career or promotion at work. Read more ...

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OpenABE Service-MOOC Begins!

This is the official kickoff to our open service course designed and managed by an all volunteer team of facilitators and subject matter experts with Designers for Learning, a nonprofit with a mission to provide instructional support through service-learning. We are excited to partner with you to make an impact designing instructional materials for adults with low math and literacy skills. Read more ...

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Check out our fall calendar of events!

Designers for Learning has loaded our fall calendar with exciting professional development and networking events. Take a look at the many ways you can get involved with our nonprofit to take part in professional development opportunities that will help you gain instructional design experience and expand your network of contacts in the field. Read more ...

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Enrollment Open! Join our next free instructional design Service-MOOC!

Enrollment is open for our next free open service course managed by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States that coordinates service-learning opportunities for those who want to gain experience creating instruction to support important social causes. This 12-week course will take place September 12 – December 4, 2016 on Canvas Network, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform. Enroll now for free, or check out the frequently asked questions page on our website for details about the course. Read more ...

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Reminder: Final Week #OpenABE Service-MOOC

As we head into the final week of our #openabe service-MOOC, I want to thank the designers, facilitators, and 2,000+ participants who joined us in this course. Since we will be shifting our attention to preparing for our next course on Canvas Network, we ask participants to submit their lesson deliverables by July 1st in order to receive a badge and certificate for the course. We have a fantastic roster of resources within OER Commons, and I hope we can finish strong this final week by adding your lesson, as well. Read more ...

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Open ABE Service-MOOC Update

We have one more month left in our #openabe service-MOOC course extension. For those who have recently enrolled, our original course end date was May 15th, but we worked with Canvas Network to extend the course to July 1st to accommodate those who requested more time to finish their lessons. With a month left, you have plenty of support and encouragement to design on!! Read more ...

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Designers for Learning Webcast 50

This Designers for Learning webcast was the fourth (and final) meeting during the implementation of the Spring 2016 Open ABE service MOOC held on Thursday, April 28th. Course participants were joined by a few course facilitators and subject matter experts to discuss questions about their projects, as well as ideas for the next time this course is offered in September 2016. Follow the course at https://learn.canvas.net/courses/903 through May 15, 2016.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 49

This Designers for Learning webcast was the third meeting during the implementation of the Open ABE service MOOC held on Thursday, March 31st. Dr. John Baaki was the host of the conversation, and was joined by a few course facilitators and subject matter experts, as well as panel of participants from this course who shared their perspectives as educators working with our target audience of adult learners, including Ruth Sugar, Patricia Hernandez, Alfons Prince, and Magxina Wageman. Follow the course at https://learn.canvas.net/courses/903 through May 15, 2016.

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Join Designers for Learning in Open Education Week

Designers for Learning invites you to join us as we participate in Open Education Week! Open Education Week is coordinated by the The Open Education Consortium, an association of hundreds of institutions and organizations around the world committed to the ideals of open education. From March 7th - 11th, participants around the globe will come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone. Read more ...

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Join Us Open Education Consortium Webinar Jan 19th

We are excited to announce enrollment is open for our latest free open service course managed by Designers for Learning. This 12-week course will take place February 22 – May 15, 2016 on Canvas Network, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform. Enroll now for free, or check out the frequently asked questions page on our website for details about the course. Read more ...

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Open Service MOOC Announced

We are excited to announce enrollment is open for our latest free open service course managed by Designers for Learning. This 12-week course will take place February 22 – May 15, 2016 on Canvas Network, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform. Enroll now for free, or check out the frequently asked questions page on our website for details about the course. Read more ...

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Designers for Learning Webcast 43

This Designers for Learning webinar was a meeting of facilitators of the Open ABE service MOOC held on Thursday, January 7th. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/. We reviewed: 1) Important deadlines, 2) MOOC / Canvas Updates, 3) OER Commons, 4) Promoting the MOOC. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 42

This Designers for Learning webinar was a meeting of design team members of the Open ABE service MOOC held on Wednesday, December 16th. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/. We reviewed: 1) Important deadlines, 2) Deliverables – Toward a common language, 3) Open design questions, 4) Plans for facilitation, 5) Plans to promote the service MOOC, 6) Quick review of Canvas development (to date). Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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COABE Convention and Open Service MOOC Updates

We are excited to join members of the adult education community during the Commission on Adult Basic Education conference (#COABE16) in Dallas, TX on April 10-13, 2016. In addition, our team of volunteer designers, subject matter experts, and facilitators are in the final stages of the design process for our next service-learning experience, an open service MOOC on the Canvas.net platform. Read more ...

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Designers for Learning Webcast 41

This Designers for Learning webinar was a meeting of design team members of the Open ABE service MOOC held on Wednesday, December 2nd. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/. We reviewed: 1) Important deadlines, 2) Deliverables – Toward a common language, 3) Open design questions, 4) Plans for facilitation, 5) Plans to promote the service MOOC, 6) Quick review of Canvas development (to date). Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 40

This Designers for Learning webinar was a special meeting for the Adult Learning Zone Design Team held on Thursday, November 12th. We reviewed our plans to utilize OER Commons to house the deliverables created by service learners in our upcoming open service MOOC. We reviewed each designer's assignments, including (a) utilizing OER Commons groups to house deliverables, (b) developing a Style Guide for MOOC participants, (c) using Open Author to develop the final deliverables, and (d) designing the last three learning modules of the MOOC to address these topics. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 39

This Designers for Learning webinar was a meeting for the Open ABE Design Team held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Each designer reviewed the next iteration of their design plans for our open online course based on their designer assignments. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 38

This Designers for Learning webinar was a special meeting for the Adult Learning Zone Design Team held on Thursday, October 29th. We reviewed our plans to utilize OER Commons to house the deliverables created by service learners in our upcoming open service MOOC. We reviewed each designer's assignments, including (a) utilizing OER Commons groups to house deliverables, (b) developing a Style Guide for MOOC participants, (c) using Open Author to develop the final deliverables, and (d) designing the last three learning modules of the MOOC to address these topics. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 37

This Designers for Learning webinar was a special meeting for the Open ABE Design Team and SMEs held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Each designer reviewed the next iteration of their design plans for our open online course based on their designer assignments. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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AECT Convention and Open Service MOOC Updates

We are excited to join members of the instructional design community during the 2015 AECT annual convention November 4-7, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN. Designers for Learning will have a strong presence at the conference, including participants at our exhibit booth and facilitating four sessions. In addition, our team of volunteer designers, subject matter experts, and facilitators are deep into the design process of our next service-learning experience. Read more ...

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Designers for Learning Webcast 36

This Designers for Learning webinar was a special meeting for the Open ABE Design Team held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Each designer reviewed their design plans for our open online course based on their designer assignments. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 35

This Designers for Learning webinar was a special meeting for the Adult Learning Zone Design Team held on Thursday, October 8th. We reviewed the opportunity to utilize OER Commons to house the deliverables created by service learners in our upcoming MOOC. We divided assignments, including (a) reaching out to OER Commons for requirements to create a hub or microsite and (b) developing a Style Guide for MOOC participants. Follow the project at http://studio.designersforlearning.org/fall2015openabedesign/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 32

This Designers for Learning webinar was held on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7 p.m. (CDT). We kicked off our latest project with a brief live webinar to welcome volunteers to our latest instructional design project. The objective of the webinar was to (a) welcome volunteers to the project team, (b) provide a general overview of the project, and (c) field questions / comments about direction and next steps.

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Volunteer Team Announced

We are pleased to announce the team of volunteers (see team roster here) for our next Designers for Learning service project. As part of our recent Call for Volunteers, we received applications from 31 experienced instructional designers and professional educators with academic and work backgrounds in either adult basic education or instructional design. Most applicants had advanced degrees in education, and all had years of applicable work experience. While we will have opportunities for everyone to participate in the future, those applicants with the most relevant experience were selected for the available positions on this project, and we are thrilled to benefit from their expertise.

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Limited Call for Volunteers: Subject Matter Experts

We are announcing a limited Call for Volunteers for our next Designers for Learning service project. The Call is limited in that we are seeking assistance from subject matter experts in either adult basic education or instructional design (or both) to help us with the design and facilitation of our Spring 2016 service project. Applications are due by August 16, 2015, and the volunteer selection will be made by August 24, 2015.

For details about the project and each of the three roles, please review the Project Description and Call for Volunteers linked below:

  • Project Description: An overview of the two-phase service experience.
  • Call for Volunteers: A description of the volunteer roles, requested commitment from volunteers, and the link to the online application.

Why apply to serve on this project?
While there is no financial compensation for the roles on this service project, selected volunteers will be participating in the design and implementation of an innovative service-learning approach that will facilitate the design and development of needed adult basic education resources to support a grossly underserved population of adult learners. In the US alone, 30 million adults do not have high school credentials, and less than 2 million are currently supported within adult education programs. Through your participation in this project, you will expand your service contributions in your field to an underserved population, while furthering your own professional development.

Project Overview:
This service project is managed by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US. We coordinate volunteer service-learning opportunities with those who seek to gain experience creating instruction and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social causes. Building on recent Designers for Learning projects, our next service-learning experience will kickoff in early 2016, and will focus on the instructional design of open educational resources (OER) for adult basic education.

While our service focus remains the same (to support adult basic education), our service-learning facilitation approach will be different in this project. Our aim in changing our process is to include more service-learners to help us expand the number of deliverables we can offer to adult learners and educators. To that end, we will be running the service-learning experience in two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Open Online Course: In early 2016, the first phase of the service-learning experience will begin within a 5-week open online course. Unlike our prior service-learning experiences, this open online course will have no prerequisites for participation and no application / selection process. Everyone who enrolls in the open course will be immersed into a real-world authentic instructional design challenge that centers on the design of instruction on a topic that aligns with an anchor standard in the College and Career Readiness standards.
  • Phase 2 – Selected Cohort: Designers who complete the course requirements in the Phase 1: Open Online Course will be invited to submit their design proposals for selection consideration to join a smaller cohort of service-learner volunteers. By limiting this 7-week cohort to a smaller number of designers who have submitted promising design proposals, the facilitators and subject matter experts will be able to provide greater one-to-one feedback and support than is possible in the larger open online course.

Overview of Call for Volunteer Roles:
We are seeking professional educators and / or experienced instructional designers with an extensive academic and work background in either adult basic education or instructional design (or both) who will help us in the design and facilitation of this next service-learning experience. At this time, we are accepting applications for only the three roles described below:

  • Adult Basic Education SME: We are seeking professional educators with extensive experience in adult basic education who will help us in the design and facilitation of the service-learning experience. If you have a strong background in adult basic education, please consider submitting an application to serve as a volunteer on our subject matter expert (SME) panel. Our objective is to secure a panel of 5 to 7 experienced adult educators who will volunteer to carry out the tasks outlined on the Call for Volunteers.
  • Experienced Instructional Designers: We are seeking experienced instructional designers with an extensive academic and work background in instructional design to serve as volunteers on our design team for the spring 2016 service-learning experience. Our objective is to secure a team of 3 to 4 experienced instructional designers, including advanced graduate students and faculty in instructional design programs, who will collaborate to design and develop both phases of the service-learning experience.
  • Service-Learning Course Facilitators: We are seeking experienced instructional designers to serve as volunteers on the facilitation team during the Spring 2016 service-learning experience. Our objective is to secure 4 to 5 experienced instructional designers, including graduate students and faculty in instructional design programs, to help us facilitate the open online course and the subsequent selected cohort.

Application Process:
Please see the Call for Volunteers for application instructions. Applications are due by August 16, 2015, and the volunteer selection will be made by August 24, 2015.

Comments or Questions?
Please forward this Call for Volunteers announcement to other colleagues who fit the selection criteria, and contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time, skills, and knowledge to this important need.

Jennifer Maddrell
Designers for Learning
Designers for Learning.org

Designers for Learning is organized as a nonprofit 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.

Designers for Learning Webcast 31

This Designers for Learning webinar was held on July 28, 2015. The purpose of the webcast was to discuss plans for our next service-learning project with those who have expressed interest in participating in the design and / or facilitation of the next iteration of our Designers for Learning service-learning projects that focus on the instructional design of open educational resources (OER) for adult basic education.

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Join us: Our next webcast June 23rd

Please join our next Designers for Learning webinar on Tuesday, June 23rd at 6 p.m. (Eastern) where we will showcase the designs of the student volunteers involved in our recent service-learning cohort. The instructional design project was facilitated by members of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and Designers for Learning, a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteer service-learning opportunities for instructional design students who seek to gain experience creating instruction and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social enterprises.

The focus of this 100% virtual service-learning project was the instructional design of open educational resources to support the work of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Clients in the Grace Centers of Hope recovery program who have not earned a high school diploma take in-house classes to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test. While the outcome of this project will support the mission of Grace Centers of Hope, our overriding plan is to build on the design students’ work to support those involved with adult basic education.

If time permits, we will also discuss preliminary plans for our fall project. Our live webinars are held using the online video platform Zoom (see connection athttp://designersforlearning.org/live). To help manage the conversation, the live meeting is capped to the first 25 attendees. However, the recording will be posted after the session where you will be able to add your comments.

See you Tuesday!

Jennifer Maddrell

Designers for Learning
Designers for Learning.org

Designers for Learning is organized as a nonprofit 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.

Designers for Learning Webcast 29

Tracee Vetting Wolf joined us on Friday, June 5, 2015 to share her experiences designing and facilitating an open online course on the Canvas Network platform. Wendy Gentry and Jennifer Maddrell shared design ideas we are contemplating for the next iteration of our Designers for Learning service-learning projects, and discussed with Tracee the impact of designing and facilitating a significantly larger scale experience than we have tackled to date. To connect with Tracee and her work, please visit her website at www.traceevettingwolf.com.

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LinkedIn Company Page

It is about time! Here is our “official” Designers for Learning page on LinkedIn. Welcome us to 2002! https://www.linkedin.com/company/designers-for-learning+

If you are (or were) a student, faculty, or other volunteer on a project facilitated by Designers for Learning, feel free to update your profile to link to this Designers for Learning company page and describe your volunteer service with our organization. Thank you for your service!

Final Reminder: Call for Volunteers Jan 2nd Deadline

: Final Reminder – Call for Volunteers deadline to apply is January 2, 2015 :

Call for Volunteers: Our current Call for Volunteers is closing soon for our next 15-week service-learning project. We are excited to announce that his project will be facilitated by members of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and in partnership with Designers for Learning, a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteer service-learning opportunities for instructional design students who seek to gain experience creating instruction and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social enterprises. We are accepting applications from students who are enrolled in college instructional design programs and would like to join the volunteer cohort for the upcoming spring 2015 semester. The service-learning project will be managed by three GSA members, including Jason Engerman (Penn State University and GSA President), Wendy Gentry (Virginia Tech), and Paige Hale (Morehead State University).

Project Description: As outlined in the project description, this is the third iteration of a service-learning project focused on the design of open educational resources for adult basic education. While the long-term goal for this project is to develop an online platform with resources to support the missions of many organizations, those selected to participate on this service-learning project will be volunteers of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women, and children, including a one-year residency program for those recovering from drug, alcohol, or other challenging issues. Clients in the residency program who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) are required to take in-house adult basic education classes to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test in order to stay in the program. Continuing the work of service-learning projects that concluded in 2014, volunteer instructional designers selected for the upcoming 2015 cohort will design and develop instructional resources aimed at preparing adults for their high school equivalency exams, as well as college or new careers.

Why Should Students Apply? By applying to join this cohort of 6 instructional designers, you will have the opportunity to engage in an instructional design service-learning project. This project will help you to hone your design and virtual project management skills, and to gain experience for your resume, CV, or design portfolio. This service-learning project may also enable you to fulfill course, internship, or service requirements within your enrolled college program, and to publish materials as a member of an instructional design team. In addition, your team of volunteer designers will help our nonprofit partners as they assist adult learners who are preparing for high school equivalency exams. Designers selected for the project who successfully meet all project requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion in May 2015.

Application Process: Please see http://studio.designersforlearning.org/call-for-volunteers-spring2015/ for information about the Call for Volunteers, including application instructions. Applications are due on or before January 2, 2015, and the volunteer selection will be announced January 16, 2015.

Comments or Questions?
Please forward this Call for Volunteers announcement to other students or faculty, and contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time, skills, and knowledge to this important need.

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning

Designers for Learning Webcast 24

This webcast was held on December 15, 2014, and reviews our service-learning projects for 2014. We ran through some highlights from the past year, and offered information to future design students who may choose to apply for volunteer positions in 2014. In addition to the video below, here is the slide deck from the session. If you would like to see the students’ work, point your browser to http://studio.designersforlearning.org/

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Designers for Learning Webcast 23

This webcast for our fall service-learning project was held on Tuesday, October 28th. We ran through some feedback from the recent Design Plan evaluation, and gave students the chance to ask questions to our client and the facilitators. In addition to the video below, here is the slide deck from the session.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 20

This Designers for Learning webcast was held on Tuesday, August 19th at 1:00 p.m. Joining the webcast to discuss instructional design and research projects at Penn State University and Designers for Learning were Roy Clariana, Jason Engerman, Simon Hooper, Jennifer Maddrell, and
Jill Stefaniak.

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Live Webcast Scheduled August 19th 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Join us for our next Designers for Learning webcast on Tuesday, August 19th at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Here is the start time in your area: http://goo.gl/JsDZXu. Connect to the online webcast at http://designersforlearning.org/live. Joining the webcast to discuss instructional design and research projects at Penn State University and Designers for Learning are:

Designers for Learning Webcast 19

This is the final webinar from May 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. CDT with the client and project teams from the Grace Centers of Hope service-learning pilot project. In this webinar, we reviewed the reports and prototypes submitted by the student teams during the pilot that ended May 3rd in preparation for our next round of service-learning projects. Please see more information about the project at https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr/

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Designers for Learning Webcast 18

In this webinar held on April 15, 2014, we reviewed feedback from our evaluation of the Design Document drafts, and confirmed the deliverables needed as we head toward our May 3rd deadline. We also discussed our selection for the upcoming 2014 AECT Design and Development showcase, and the planned evaluation of the service-learning project by students from Arizona State University. See .. https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr/webinars/20140415webinarrecording

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Designers for Learning Webcast 17

In this webinar, Gabrielle Blake offered a project management update, including information about our upcoming evaluation of the Design Plan drafts. Eric Ludwig demonstrated his efforts to design a “home base” for the project that will display the team deliverables for use by the client and future designers. In addition, Jason Engerman shared with us a badge initiative at Penn State that could an option for a next phase of our project.

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Live Webinar Grace Centers of Hope Project March 27, 2014

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. CDT for our next live Grace Centers of Hope service-learning project webinar. See the full announcement with information on how to connect to the webinar here: https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr/webinar-live

The confirmed panelists include:
– Gabrielle Blake, Project Manager
– Eric Ludwig, Coordinating Designer, Pilot B1

In this webinar, Gabrielle Blake will offer a project management update, including information about our upcoming evaluation of the Design Plan drafts. Eric Ludwig will outline his efforts to design a “home base” for the project that will display the team deliverables for use by the client and future designers. This is an open meeting, so everyone is invited to join the conversation.

Here is the start time in your area … http://goo.gl/jsLkOJ. Note, as always, the live session will be recorded and posted on the project website at https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr/webinars.

Join our next live webinar – February 25, 2014

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 25th at 3:00 p.m. CST for our next live Grace Centers of Hope service-learning project webinar*. Here is the start time in your area … http://bitly.com/gchfeb25. Gabrielle Blake and I will provide an update on the project, and open the floor to questions from project team members and others. For more information on how to connect to the live session: https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr/webinar-live

*Note, as always, the live session will be recorded and posted on the project website at https://sites.google.com/site/oerforccr/webinars.

Project Kick-Off … Aaaaand we’re off!

I am pleased to announce the kick-off of the first service-learning project facilitated by Designers for Learning! Please see the full announcement on the collaborative design space for the project. While we had hoped to have sufficient interest to secure 12 student volunteers on three project teams, the Call for Volunteers resulted a much larger pool of volunteer applications than we expected. Given the that each student volunteer is sponsored and advised by a college faculty member, we expanded the project to include five project teams. In all, 19 college faculty members have sponsored 23 college students from 15 different instructional design programs. Please see the Project Team roster of over 50 project participants, including the client team members, student volunteers and their faculty sponsors / advisors, as well as other volunteer subject-matter experts and advisors. Thank you to everyone who has supported the development of this project, including those volunteering their time, skills, and knowledge to this important need!

Final Call for Volunteers – Deadline January 31st

Just a quick reminder that we are winding down the Call for Volunteers for the first three pilot service-learning projects facilitated by Designers for Learning. The deadline to complete the online application is midnight CST on Friday, January 31st. The final project teams will be announced on the February 15th kick-off. The focus of the pilot is the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness. Information about the projects and the application process is described at the collaborative design space for the pilot projects.

These projects are targeted to college faculty and currently enrolled instructional design students in need of course, internship, or practicum projects for this semester. Please note that this is a 100% virtual volunteer opportunity that does not require any volunteer to be physically present at any location. These pilots are the only service-learning projects we will be facilitating this semester. Therefore, if you are interested in applying as either a student volunteer or a faculty sponsor / advisor, please respond to this Call for Volunteers on or before the January 31, 2014 deadline.

Questions or Comments?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time, skills, and knowledge to this important need! Please forward this Call for Volunteers to other students or faculty, and contact designersforlearning@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Designers for Learning updates are posted at:

Designers for Learning Webcast 13

In this Designers for Learners webcast, Jennifer Maddrell was joined by Dr. Brent Wilson, Professor at the University of Colorado – Denver in the School of Education and Human Development … see Brent’s bio at http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SchoolOfEducation/FacultyandResearch/Pages/BrentGWilson.aspx.

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Join us Thursday, January 23rd for our next live webcast!

Please join us at http://designersforlearning.org/live for our next Designers for Learners webcast on Thursday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m. CST. Here is the start time in your area: http://bitly.com/d4lwebcastJan23.  Jennifer Maddrell will be joined by Dr. Brent Wilson, Professor at the University of Colorado – Denver in the School of Education and Human Development … see http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SchoolOfEducation/FacultyandResearch/Pages/BrentGWilson.aspx.

The webcast will focus on Brent’s perspective on the practice of instructional design, as well as incorporating service-learning as a means of offering applied learning experiences to instructional design students. We look forward to seeing you on January 23rd! If you can’t make the live session, the recording will be available at  http://designersforlearning.org/category/webcast and http://edtechtalk.com.

Questions or comments? Please connect with us at:

Important Announcement – Call for Volunteers!

Please see the Call for Volunteers for three pilot service-learning instructional design projects facilitated by Designers for Learning! The focus of these pilot projects is the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness. Information about the projects and the application process is described in the call, as well as at the collaborative design space for this project.

The three pilot projects are targeted to college faculty and currently enrolled instructional design students in need of course, internship, or practicum projects for the upcoming semester. Please note that this is a 100% virtual volunteer opportunity that does not require any volunteer to be physically present at any location. If you are interested in applying as either a faculty sponsor and advisor or a student volunteer, please respond to this Call for Volunteers on or before the January 31, 2014 deadline.

Designers for Learning Webcast 12

This Designers for Learners webcast was broadcast live on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. The webcast focused on opportunities to develop service-learning and Open Educational Resource (OER) projects to support General Educational Development (GED) test preparation. Our guests have extensive experience in OER development, including Ronda Neugebauer of Lumen Learning http://www.lumenlearning.com), and Quill West, OER Director at Tacoma Community College (http://open.tacomacc.edu).

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Join Us Wednesday, December 4th for our next live webcast!

Please join us at http://designersforlearning.org/live for our next Designers for Learners webcast on Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. CST. Here is the start time in your area: http://bitly.com/1aN32cy. The webcast will focus on opportunities to develop service-learning and Open Educational Resource (OER) projects to support General Educational Development (GED) test preparation. Our guests for the webcast have extensive experience in OER development, including Ronda Neugebauer and David Wiley of Lumen Learning (http://www.lumenlearning.com), and Quill West, OER Director at Tacoma Community College (http://open.tacomacc.edu).

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Designers for Learning Webcast 11

Jennifer Maddrell was joined in this webcast by Dr. Monica Tracey, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the College of Education at Wayne State University. Monica discussed her experiences designing and facilitating service-learning projects in her classes. In addition, she shared her perspectives on the practice of instructional design and designer decision-making based on her research and current design projects, as well as from her prior experience as the owner of a performance consulting and instructional design firm. See Monica’s bio at http://bitly.com/monicatracey

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Join Us Monday, November 18th for our next live webcast!

Schedule Update: Join Us Monday, November 18th for our next live webcast!

Please join us at  http://designersforlearning.org/live for our next Designers for Learning webcast on Monday, November 18th at noon CST. For the start time in your area:  http://bitly.com/1cM1tTG.

Once the webcast is underway, the stream will be broadcast at  http://designersforlearning.org/live.  In addition, feel free to participate in the conversation by using the text-chat below the video window.

Dr. Monica Tracey, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the College of Education at Wayne State University, is joining the webcast to discuss her experiences designing and facilitating service-learning projects in her classes. In addition, she will share her perspectives on the practice of instructional design and designer decision-making based on her research and current design projects, as well as from her prior experience as the owner of a performance consulting and instructional design firm. See Monica’s bio at http://bitly.com/monicatracey

We’ll see you on November 18th! If you can’t make the live session, the recording will be available at  http://designersforlearning.org/category/webcast and http://edtechtalk.com/.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 10

In this webcast on EdTechTalk.com, Jennifer Maddrell was joined by Maureen Barry, a librarian at Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio. Maureen is on the planning committee for a 2014 colloquium about libraries and service-learning to be held in Santa Clara, California. Maureen discussed the colloquium, as well as other service-learning initiatives she has designed.

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Join Us August 28th for Next Live Webcast!

Please join us Wednesday, August 28th at noon EDT for our next Designers for Learning webcast at EdTechTalk.com. See the start time where you live: http://bitly.com/d4lAug28

To view the live stream of the webcast, please head over to http://edtechtalk.com/live/D4L

Our guest this week is Maureen Barry, a librarian at Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio. Maureen is on the planning committee for a 2014 colloquium about libraries and service-learning to be held in Santa Clara, California. Maureen is joining us to discuss the colloquium, as well as other service-learning initiatives she has designed. Maureen’s bio: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/servicelearning/about/

See you Wednesday!

Designers for Learning Webcast 9

Holly Groder and Kaye Rabel were our guests this week at EdTechTalk.com. Holly and Kaye are graduate students in the Instructional Design and Technology program at Old Dominion University. Both recently completed pro bono projects with clients in a Consulting Skills for Instructional Designers course. They discussed their experiences working with real clients in authentic applied learning projects conducted outside the safe haven of the classroom. Based on their experiences, as well as their perspectives as instructional designers, they contemplated how similar service-learning projects could support students in online or blended courses.

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Designers for Learning Webcast 8

Richard West joined Jennifer Maddrell in a live webcast at EdTechTalk.com to discuss his perspective on how to design and support environments for fostering collaborative innovation, including his research on studio learning opportunities. Rick is an Assistant Professor in the Instructional Psychology & Technology department at Brigham Young University.

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