TUNE IN: Curious about the evolving role of instructional designers in higher ed? Next month EdSurge HigherEd, in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium, Intentional Futures and Acrobatiq, will kick off a free, three-part series of webinars exploring the role of the instructional designer. The webinars are structured around the findings of a recent report by Intentional Futures looking at the role, workflow and experience of IDs across the United States. Each event features a panel of experts on the given topic.
The three webinars include:
- June 2nd: Instructional Designers in Higher Education: The Role, Responsibilities and Experiences of IDs
- June 17th: From Campus to Classroom: Leveraging Instructional Designers at Different Scales
- June 30th: Moving the Innovative Institution Forward: Tools & Strategies for IDs
Join us next Thursday for the first event, which will dig into the evolving and emerging role of the ID, the ID as a hidden asset on campus, the trouble with being multi-talented, and the difficulty with awareness of the ID role in higher education. Featured panelists include Jennifer Rafferty, Director of the Online Learning Consortium Institute, and Sean Hobson, Assistant Vice President and Chief Design Officer for EdPlus at Arizona State University. Hope to see you there!
YOU'RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE: As the number of English Language Learners in the United States grows (currently at nearly 5 million), the need for ELL tools grows along with it. But do teachers and students have the tools needed for the job? A new GettingSmart report "Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools" gauges the quality of ELL instructional materials, highlighting 15 edtech tools reaching this unique group (including ELLevation and ELLoquence), but still finding some pretty big gaps along the way. Namely, the report calls for tools, as well as school implementation and culture practices, that target data to better information instruction of ELL students, tools that adapt and automate writing feedback, and professional development that prepares teachers for ELL-heavy classrooms.