New to the field

Are you looking to become an instructional technologist, instructional designer, or online instructor but not sure how to get started? Now could be the right time to make a career pivot, as COVID-19 has accelerated the demand for learning experience professionals in organizations, businesses, and schools. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that job growth for instructional coordinators will be in the area of 11% through 2026. Similarly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11% employment rate increase for professors, including online instructors, between 2018 and 2028. If you have 0–3 years of experience, our self-paced competency-based courses are the best option. At the end of your pathway, you will receive stackable credentials to help you stand out to employers in whichever setting you choose.

Got some chops

Have you been in the field as an instructional technologist or instructional designer but want to get ahead? As a practical next step to getting noticed by your boss or pushing for a promotion, we recommend signing up for our portfolio experience. We’ll help you develop a professional portfolio to showcase your skills and expertise. The portfolio is a personalized deliverable that sets you apart from your peers. If you have 2–5+ years of experience, this is your “edventure.” Through the LX Pathways Portfolio Experience, you’ll have one-on-one contact with highly experienced professionals who can mentor you regarding current trends and provide practical advice. 


The Instructional Designer Pathway consists of 13 core competencies that cover the foundational knowledge and skills that a learning architect needs in order to be successful.

Each competency includes a clear set of knowledge objectives that are aligned to relevant resources, practice activities, and self-assessments.

Upon successful completion of all 13 competencies, iDesign will give you an ID Pathway Completion Certificate, which you can use to enhance your résumé, CV, or professional Web presence.

For an even deeper dive, you can move on to the ID Pathway Portfolio Experience. This option will pair you with a learning coach, who will provide one-on-one support to help you meet the performance objectives needed to flourish in the field. Upon successful completion of this competency, iDesign will grant you an ID Pathway Digital Portfolio Certificate that affirms your participation and achievement.

Portfolio Experience, an executive education opportunity that pairs you with a learning coach and results in a sharable, online showcase of work samples that demonstrate your mastery of essential skills.

The competencies are grouped into thematic sets—complete one successfully, and you can earn a digital certificate in the following:

Instructional Designer Curriculum

Learning Theories
Instructional Design Models
Learning Objectives
Alignment and Mapping
Creating and Communicating with Google
Communication and Collaboration
LMS Fundamentals
Project Management
Educational Technologies
Coaching and Support
Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Activity Development
Content Creation and Curation
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