Designers for Learning announce Design Sprint, June 1–August 31, 2017

4.9 billion potential learners have a mobile device.

How are you reaching them?

What are you doing to expand your instructional design toolkit to reach learners on their mobile devices? Have you contemplated the tools and learning experience strategies to leverage these ubiquitous technologies? Join our Mobile Learning Strategies Design Sprint and add mobile learning to your instructional design portfolio.

  • To Sign UpSee Design Sprint Overview
  • Cost: $20 US
  • Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the course.
  • Required resource purchases: None

Why participate?

Participants in our network tell us they want three things: 1) experience, 2) networking opportunities, and 3) practice with the latest instructional design tools and techniques. This Design Sprint has been designed to offer you all three with a focus on mobile learning, a rapidly emerging area in education. Our goal in this Design Sprint is to help you prepare for the types of mobile learning design scenarios you might experience when seeking a job or working with a client. This Design Sprint helps you expand your designer’s toolkit by focusing on a range of mobile learning tools and contextualized learner interaction strategies. With opportunities to connect with other participants, you’ll share and compare tools, resources, and designs with others in our network.

What’s a Design Sprint?

This self-paced Design Sprint is an adaptation of a rapid design, prototyping, and testing process developed by Google Ventures, described as:

“A ‘greatest hits’ of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more—packaged into a battle-tested process.”

In our adapted online version of this Design Sprint concept, you’ll engage in a real-world instructional design challenge that centers on the design, prototyping, and testing of mobile learning strategies. You’ll leave this professional development experience with authentic learning materials you can showcase in your design portfolio.

How does the Design Sprint work?

In a nod to the Google Ventures Design Sprint format, we’re following a five stage design process in this 100% self-paced course. You can spend as much time as you want to work through the materials and to complete the project anytime between June 1st and August 31st. To be successful in this Design Sprint, you should plan to devote at least 20 hours to work on the material … about four hours for each of the five stages.

This project-based Design Sprint will immerse you into a real-world authentic instructional design challenge focused on designing, developing, and testing mobile learning strategies. Aligned with Designers for Learning’s service mission, you’ll engage in the design of mobile learning strategies to support adult learners with low math and literacy skills seeking to acquire new knowledge and skills to pursue their life goals and career aspirations.

Why mobile learning?

Mobile device subscriptions are expected to surpass 5 billion in 2017, so it’s no surprise that mobile learning is one of the hottest topics in education. The New Media Consortium’s 2017 Horizon Report puts mobile learning as one of the most important developments in technology for higher education, and Forbes Magazine recently traced the trends driving mobile learning in corporate education. Tyton Parners predicts in Learning for Life: The Opportunities for Technology to Transform Adult Education:

“Mobile solutions may present a pathway to addressing perhaps the most significant challenge facing the adult education field – reaching the 32 million US adults who are in need of basic skills education but are not currently able to access it through the adult education system.”

What have prior students said about our courses?

  • Having a project-based course is helpful as I learn best when DOING something rather than just thinking about it. In the end, I will have a document that I can add to my digital portfolio.
  • Gives hands-on, real-world experience.
  • It has deepened my understanding of each phase of the instructional design process.
  • I wanted to update myself on curriculum development. The course is set up well and the materials are excellent. The lesson planning activities are also excellent. As we read, we can think about the specific components of our lesson.
  • In the discussions, I was able to read about other people’s various ideas. Also, I could build networks with people who are interested in the same issue/topic.
  • Your course design is fabulous! I really appreciate how thoughtful and intentional you were in mapping out our journey.
  • Thank you so much. I learned a lot about the design process.
  • I am very honored to be a part of this course. I hope to be of more assistance once the course has completed. Please keep me in mind for future opportunities.

Please share with your network

Our 3,400+ past participants heard about our instructional design courses through word-of-mouth. Please join us in 2017 to gain experience and positively impact adult basic education by enrolling and sharing this announcement with your network. Thank you!

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell

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. We help nonprofits and other social enterprises achieve their missions by targeting underserved educational and curriculum needs through service-learning.


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