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Monday, May 28 • 11:20am - 12:05pm
We Need an Instructional Designer, STAT! The Critical and Underrated Role of Instructional Designers in Advancing Open Education

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I need your help building a community of Instructional Design professionals and advocates to advance design work using Open Pedagogy. Come join me and your colleagues in sorting out the best way to start and get going!

The Open Education Community has been debating whether our focus should remain on access as an end game, or if it’s time for learning to take centre stage. Do we continue the narrative around cost-savings to students or do we now shift toward finding ways of building powerful learning experiences only possible with the 5 R’s of Open?

The reality is, we all want to create more engaging, flexible, impactful learning experiences for students. This is true if we are focussed on working towards equity of access to education, or on using Open Education to dig into learning design, development and delivery to achieve better results.

Instructional Designers have long been in the role of faculty support. They know learning theory and how to use it in practice. They understand the appropriate application of technology for learning. They can design to outcomes and support meaningful assessment. These are critical skills the Open Education movement needs. We have some very motivated, bright and innovative faculty and instructors doing amazing things with Open Pedagogy, but the vast majority of post-secondary educators do not have the skills and knowledge necessary for this level of independence.

In order to truly advance Open Education to its fullest potential, we need to invite and welcome Instructional Designers to our community. They are the people who sit next to instructors during course design and have the talk about switching to open resources. They make suggestions about activities that lead to student co-creation of knowledge. They cajole, convince and ultimately will support the next chapter of the open education movement. How do we meet them where they are? How do we support them?

In this session, participants will contribute to actively building support strategies and structures for use during the instructional design and course development processes to be used by Instructional Designers and others responsible for supporting instructors and faculty through learning design processes.

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Mary Burgess

Executive Director, BCcampus
Open Education, Teaching and Learning, Educational Technology, Leadership, organizational change...

Monday May 28, 2018 11:20am - 12:05pm AKDT
Port of New York