Posted by: Richard Schwier | March 30, 2016

Upcoming “Designers for Learning” events

Please join our free Designers for Learning webcast tomorrow as part of our instructional design service-MOOC. We will be reviewing our progress as we reach the mid-point of the 12-week MOOC. Over 1,300 participants have enrolled in the free and open course that centers on the design and development of open educational resources (OER) for adult basic education (ABE). In this project-based MOOC, participants are networking and gaining instructional design experience while developing instructional materials that will be made available for free to adult educators and learners in the Adult Learning Zone group on OER Commons.

Read more about the webcast and Designers for Learning’s involvement in upcoming conferences where participants from our projects will be presenting:

#OpenABE Service-MOOC Webcast

Please join our free live webcast tomorrow, Thursday, March 31st (see the time where you live) as part of our instructional design service-MOOC on Canvas Network. You can view the live webcast (or find the link to the recording after) on the Live Webcast and Recordings page within Canvas. Here is a webcast overview:

Dr. John Baaki will host our conversation. In addition to a few of our course facilitators and subject matter experts, we have assembled a small panel of participants from this course who will share their perspectives as educators working with our target audience of adult learners, including Ruth Sugar, Patricia Hernandez, Alfons Prince, and Magxina Wageman. As in past webcasts, course participants are asked to please post your questions or comments before the webcast in our Ask a Subject Matter Expert forum, or live tweet questions and comments during the webcast using the #openabe hashtag on twitter.

Designers for Learning at #COABE16

Designers for Learning will be participating in the 2016 Commission on Adult Basic Education conference in Dallas, TX from April 10-13, 2016. Jennifer Maddrell and Amanda Duffy of the American Institutes of Research are facilitating a session titled, “Be a Part of the Change: Design OER in a New MOOC” on Wednesday, April 13 11:00am-12:15pm, Majestic 3, Level 37. Here is the abstract for the session:

In this interactive session, participants will explore an innovative project to design, remix, and reuse open educational resources (OER) for adult educators. This volunteer-based instructional design project is embedded within a free and open MOOC facilitated by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that coordinates volunteer service-learning opportunities with those who seek to gain experience creating instruction for high need social causes. If you are an adult educator interested in gaining instructional design experience and putting your knowledge and expertise to use for a new project, we invite you to bring your laptop or tablet as we tour the project’s online OER and MOOC platforms, examine the project aims, discuss the MOOC design and facilitation, and critique the process and early outcomes of this instructional design effort.

Designers for Learning at #AECT2016

Designers for Learning will be an exhibitor again this year at the 2016 AECT Convention in Las Vegas, NV from October 17 – 21, 2016. If you will be attending the convention, please plan to stop by our exhibit booth, and attend sessions by participants involved in our projects.

Designers for Learning at #OpenEd2016

Designers for Learning is also gearing up for the Open Education 2016 conference in Richmond, VA from November 2-4, 2016. We are excited that adoption, use, or sustaining of open educational resources (OER) in adult basic education is a conference theme. Participants from our recent projects are submitting proposals for at least three sessions. Note that the Call for Proposals is open through April 15th.

Connect with Designers for Learning

Do you have comments or questions about our projects? Would you like to get involved with our organization? Please connect with us at:

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.


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