Gain Experience for Good
We are excited to announce enrollment is open for our latest 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 seek to gain experience creating instruction to support important social causes. 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.
What is the course focus?
What are the costs & prerequisites?
- Cost: This course is free.
- Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the course.
- Required resource purchases: None.
What is the time commitment?
Why should I participate in this course?
- Gain Experience for Good: Through your participation in this course, you will further your own professional development in instructional design, while offering your service contributions to a grossly underserved educational segment of adult learners and instructors. In the US alone, 30 million adults do not have high school credentials, but less than 2 million are currently supported within federally funded adult education programs. While we have a US-centric focus on this project, support for adult education is a need around the globe, and the open educational resources created on on this project can be adapted for other contexts.
- Earn an Instructional Design Service Badge: Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn an Instructional Design Service Badge to acknowledge that you have completed an instructional design process to develop an educational resource to support a social need. In other words, you have gained experience for good!
- Earn a Certificate of Recognition: Upon successful completion of this course, you will also receive a Certificate of Recognition from Designers for Learning recognizing your instructional design service contribution.
- Expand your CV, Resume, or Portfolio: Given that all content produced within this project is released under a Creative Commons license, participants are encouraged to include copies of the work they produced on this project within their design portfolios.
What will I do in this course?
What support will I receive in this course?
While this course is designed to be self-guided, a team of volunteer facilitators is here to support your progress through the course. Given the size of the course, the facilitators will not review or grade your assignments, but they will be available to answer your questions in the online help forums. In addition, other participants in the class and the facilitators will share their perspectives within the discussion forums, and participate in the prototype evaluation.
What is the instructional design project?
This is a project-based course that focuses on a real-world instructional need. You will gain instructional design experience while developing open educational resources that will be made available for free to adult educators and their learners. Here is an overview of the instructional design project:
- The open educational resources you design and develop will support adult learners who have not completed high school and are taking adult basic education courses as they prepare for high school equivalency exams (i.e. the GED, HiSET, or TASC tests) or other certifications.
- The instruction you design will align with the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) that underly high school equivalency exams and other adult basic education programs.
- You are able to select the topic of the instruction from English Language Arts / Literacy and Mathematics subject areas.
- The open educational resources you design and develop will incorporate all necessary content presentation, learner practice, and assessment materials for 15-30 minutes of instruction on the standard and topic you have chosen, as well as guidance for instructors regarding use of these materials.
Do I work on the instructional design project alone?
Why is this called a “service” course?
Who are the course designers and facilitators?
Additional Comments for Questions?
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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.