COABE Convention and Open Service MOOC Updates

Designers for Learning at #COABE16

I am excited to announce that volunteers with Designers for Learning will be participating in the 2016 Commission on Adult Basic Education conference (#COABE16) in Dallas, TX on April 10-13, 2016. I will be co-presenting a session with Amanda Duffy of the American Institutes of Research entitled, “Be a Part of the Change: Design OER in a New MOOC”. Amanda and I are members of the team of volunteer designers, subject matter experts, and facilitators preparing our next service-learning experience, an open service MOOC described below.

2016 Open Service MOOC Update

Do you (or your students or colleagues) want to gain instructional design experience that will contribute to an important social cause? If so, please consider participating in our next service-learning project. We are facilitating a free open service MOOC on the open online course platform that will run from late February to early May 2016. Unlike our prior projects, there are no prerequisites and no application to join the service MOOC.

Participants will gain experience designing instruction for educators and learners in adult basic education programs. All MOOC participants who successfully complete the service project will have the opportunity to include their final deliverables in our Designers for Learning Adult Learning Zone group at OER Commons as an open educational resource (OER).

Instructional design students and faculty, please note that this open service MOOC is a great opportunity to gain instructional design experience as part of a class, practicum, design portfolio, or other program requirement. Enrollment for the free open service MOOC will begin on the platform in January 2016. Please forward this post to others, and sign up for updates at

Comments or Questions?
Please contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you for your interest!

Jennifer Maddrell
Designers for

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.