Posted by: Richard Schwier | October 17, 2016

Register now (free) for Education Impact Day Webcast-athon: November 12, 2016

Designers for Learning invites you to register for our free November 12th Education Impact Day webcast-athon! We have an amazing roster of featured speakers who will lead us through a day long discussion about educational impact (past successes, current initiatives, and needed innovations). As a service-learning organization, Designers for Learning’s objective for this event that coincides with our fall fundraising campaign is to spend the day exploring one important question,“What impact will you make?”

At the top of each hour during this 12-hour event, we will introduce the next scheduled speaker for a Question & Answer (Q&A) discussion with one of our webcast hosts. Our invited speakers will share their perspectives on educational impact related to their individual passions and expertise. This informal Q&A discussion format will give our speakers the opportunity to describe their role within the educational landscape, and how they feel their work has made, or seeks to make, an impact. Following each speaker session, we will open up the webcast for you as an audience member to engage in an open discussion until our next speaker begins.

Our aim for the Education Impact Day webcast-athon is 12 hours of thought-provoking discussion from professionals in the field of education, and promises to be an engaging experience for all of us to share our passions and efforts to make an impact in teaching and learning. Please join us, and follow the webcast-athon on social media under the #EdImpact16 hashtag.

Designers for Learning at #AECT16: October 17 – 21, 2016

During this week’s #AECT16 convention October 17 – 21 in Las Vegas, NV, Designers for Learning team members will be manning an exhibitor booth, and presenting sessions, including:

  1. Design & Development -Awardee Presentations: As the Outstanding Practice Award recipient, Designers for Learning will be recognized during an award luncheon, and team members will present an overview of our #OpenABE service-MOOC in this special session.
  2. Badging for Good – Perceptions of Earning a Digital Badge in a Service MOOC: This presentation will explore learner perceptions of receiving an Instructional Design Service digital badge at the culmination of our service-learning MOOC. Participant insights include the impacts of earning a badge on their levels of motivation, the level of status recognition they attribute to the badge, and their plans for using the badge as evidence of achievement.
  3. Service Learning MOOC Facilitating Strategies: This panel session will review the facilitation strategies used in our service-learning MOOC. The lessons learned from this process will be presented and discussed.

Designers for Learning is honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Practice Award from the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) for the design and facilitation of our #OpenABE service-MOOC. As a premier international organization for scholars, researchers, and practitioners in the field of instructional design, AECT is dedicated to furthering effective teaching and learning practices. The Outstanding Practice Award is given to individuals or groups that have designed exemplary instructional materials or systems. Our service-MOOC was nominated by a colleague in our field, and was selected by a panel of reviewers within AECT’s Design and Development Division as the 2016 recipient of this award. Reviewers noted:

[The service-MOOC] incorporated a crowdsourcing design project approach and authentic design opportunity to develop materials for adult learners and free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills that demonstrates an iterative design research approach … the professional development experience is well-grounded, implemented, and guided with professional mentors and connections to further real world experience in the practice of instructional design.”

Congratulations to the #OpenABE service-MOOC design and facilitation team for your volunteer service on this project! We thank everyone involved in this course, including designers, facilitators, SMEs, and the 3,000+ who have enrolled in our service-MOOCs this year!

Designers for Learning at #OpenEd16: November 2 – 4, 2016

Several Designers for Learning team members will be presenting sessions at the 13th Annual Open Education Conference (#OpenEd16) in Richmond, VA, including:

  1. Participant Experiences in a Service-MOOC to Design OER for Adult Basic Education: This panel session with several designers, subject matter experts, and course participants from our service-MOOC will discuss their experiences to develop open educational resources (OER) for adult basic education within the course.
  2. Open Education to Support Adult Basic Education: An Exploration of Opportunities and Constraints: This presentation session will explore the opportunities and constraints of open education for designers, instructors, and learners in adult education.

Comments or Questions?

Do you have comments or questions about our events? Please connect with us at:

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell
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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