F01 Panel: Where is Instructional Design Heading?
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Tuesday, March 26
Instructional design is a core component of L&D, but it’s not a topic that should be seen as stable and unchanging. Instructional design needs to evolve as new technologies and approaches emerge, organizations’ goals for success shift, and views on what role L&D should have in supporting learning and performance support fluctuate.
In this session our panel will share their thoughts on where they foresee instructional design heading in the future. They’ll explore short-term factors that impact this world, as well as longer-term ones that may not show their full impact for years to come. They’ll also discuss what skills people need to develop now to be ready for how instructional design will transform over time.
In this session, you will learn:
- What technologies are likely to change our approaches to instructional design
- How shifts in the world outside L&D may affect our work, as well
- What new or evolved roles instructional design may play a part in at organizations
- What can best help you prepare for where instructional design may be heading
Designers, Developers, Managers
Technology discussed in this session:
Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning, so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about agile project management for learning experience design and, of course, the Experience API (xAPI). TorranceLearning hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort, a free, virtual 12-week learning-by-doing opportunity where teams form on the fly and create proof-of-concept xAPI projects.
Learning Experience Designer
Andrew McGuire is a learning experience designer at LLamasoft, where he specializes in developing engaging content and tracking learner experiences. He has been working in eLearning development for the past five years. Before joining the world of eLearning, Andrew taught English at the college level for seven years. He has an MA in English composition from Northeastern Illinois University.
Sarah Mercier, the managing partner at Learning Ninjas, has over 18 years of experience as a facilitator, instructional designer, and learning solution developer. Her primary focus is strategy, design, and development in the area of innovative learning technologies. Sarah is the founder of meLearning Solutions, a mobile learning consulting firm now operating as part of Learning Ninjas. She is a national facilitator for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) for the Master eLearning Instructional Designer and Mobile Learning Certificate programs and designed and facilitates both the Essentials of Mobile Learning and Essentials of Interactive eBooks programs. Sarah's work has been published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, TD Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications.
Sr. Manager of Programming
The eLearning Guild
Bianca Woods is a senior manager of programming for The eLearning Guild. With degrees in both art education and education media design and technology, she focuses on creating practical learning experiences that take advantage of the clarity and immersiveness that technology and good design can offer. Bianca has years of experience in education, including designing in-class courses, eBooks, eLearning, videos, and other media for BMO Financial Group; creating interprofessional collaboration content for Training Pirates; and working as a classroom teacher.
Learning Design Consultant
Christy Tucker is a learning design consultant at Syniad Learning with over 15 years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote transfer of skills to real-world environments. She has created courses for clients including the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Cisco, and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and eLearning for over 10 years.