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Establishing Successful Partnerships with Subject Matter Experts

When developing an online course, instructional designers and subject matter experts (SMEs) need to be on the same page. Knowing how to build rapport, capture knowledge, set achievable goals, and establish an overall roadmap are all valuable and necessary strategies. Discover the SMEcrets of success for working productively with SMEs in this four-week course!

When partnering with a subject matter expert (SME) there is an aspect of trust and mutual respect required in the relationship, especially as you are making decisions around learning design that impact the learner's experience. From the beginning of the collaboration, it is critical to establish roles and expectations and equally important to have clear communication and a shared plan of action. In this four-week course, you can count on us to show you how to become a trusted partner in the design of learning experiences. We have the soft skills and tools you need to ensure your SMEs are hitting the ground running and develop high-quality courses confidently.

You will have the opportunity to examine your current collaboration skills and assess how they relate to instructional design. Through this course, we are confident that you will learn practical strategies that you can apply when developing a partnership with your next subject matter expert!

If you decide to enroll in four courses of our LX Live series, we’ll reduce the cost of the LX Pathways portfolio experience from $750 to $375 so you can build and enhance your online presence immediately.

Quality course design depends on input from a subject matter expert (SME) early and often. Obtaining this professional development badge from one of our iDesign Learning Experience (LX) Design experts will show employers that you are prepared to design in today’s increasingly complex learning environment.

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Strategies for Designing Synchronous Online Courses

Changes to traditional teaching methods are requiring educators to reimagine the classroom of the future. This four-week course will give you the hands-on, practical skills required to design engaging and inclusive live (synchronous) sessions for your learners. Each week, you’ll also have the chance to practice the skills and concepts you learn with your facilitator and peers.

This course will delve into ways that you can turn synchronous sessions into engaging and lively active learning communities. You can expect to gain exposure to a variety of online tools and technologies to communicate with your students in live sessions. In addition, our course evaluates and assesses learner issues that impact the online environment, such as student engagement. By learning the best practices for planning and facilitating live sessions you will feel confident about how to build communities in the synchronous space. 

To create a sense of belonging and ensure proper access to materials, equity and inclusion will also be covered as key topics. Our leading experts will provide resources to help you celebrate diversity in the virtual classroom and suggest  ideas for designing empathetic and inclusive lessons. 

If you decide to enroll in four courses of our LX Live series, we’ll reduce the cost of the LX Pathways portfolio experience from $750 to $375 so you can build and enhance your online presence immediately.

Whether you’re teaching, designing, or hoping to design in the future, this coursework will give you the tools you need to effectively deliver high quality two-way, synchronous online learning. Successfully completing this professional development badge will signify advanced knowledge and expertise to employers.

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Quality Course Design

​​Designing an online course is not simply delivering an existing course in a virtual format. Instead, it requires transformative thinking in how to translate lessons, core competencies, and learning outcomes in an online learning environment. In this four-week course, learn how to design an effective digital classroom that meets your institution’s standard of quality.

​​Creating a quality online course takes time. To help inform and direct your course development, it is necessary to identify practical strategies for evaluating your learning outcomes, course alignment, and quality frameworks. You want to shape an effective and engaging online experience that addresses synchronous and asynchronous concerns and diverse learner needs. In this four-week course, we’ll give you the strategies you need to purposefully integrate quality course design into your academic programs.  

Whether you are starting out in the field or readjusting to the online learning world, you will be set up for success as you design quality online courses. After completing this course, quality standards will be easier to navigate and implement for better student experiences.

If you decide to enroll in four courses of our LX Live series, we’ll reduce the cost of the LX Pathways portfolio experience from $750 to $375 so you can build and enhance your online presence immediately.

The earner of this badge will be ready to align learning outcomes to course lessons to better support faculty and learners. Meet the growing demand for professionals who have the recognized skills to develop effective online learning materials and instruction. Successfully completing this professional development badge will signify advanced knowledge and expertise to employers.

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Strategies for Designing Asynchronous Learning Experiences

A high quality online course without live sessions goes beyond assigned readings and required discussions. Asynchronous learning experiences give students an opportunity to connect and learn at different times. When designed well, learners are able to demonstrate the ability to create rich, authentic, and engaging learning experiences. In this four-week course, you will be able to design asynchronous learning activities that will engage students and align to the objectives and outcomes of your course.

This Asynchronous Learning Foundations course will guide you in creating a sense of connection between all students and building a community of shared purpose. Your expert instructors will show you how to enhance engagement, collaboration and feedback using educational technology tools. You will apply your new knowledge to create meaningful and engaging learning activities and authentic assessments to add rich texture and context to your learning units.

Through reimagining the possibilities of teaching, you can create highly personalized experiences for your learners like never before. This learning experience will empower you to create artifacts that demonstrate your understanding and mastery of creating asynchronous online learning activities which can be added to your portfolio.

By the end of this course, you will have earned a digital badge to provide evidence of your newly acquired skills in asynchronous activity design.  If you decide to enroll in four courses of our LX Live series, we’ll reduce the cost of the LX Pathways portfolio experience from $750 to $375 so you can build and enhance your online presence immediately.

This cohort-based and facilitated course will help you transition your traditional pedagogy to asynchronous online learning. Gaining this timely professional development badge will showcase your advanced learning in emerging trends and technologies and help you stand out from peers.

Facilitators:

Jessica Smith, PhD, is a Director of LX Design at iDesign. She brings with her over 15 years of teaching, learning and design expertise.

Leah Chuchran-Davis, MS, is a Vice President of LX Design with iDesign with over 15 years of experience in higher education and online teaching and learning.

Darryl Meekins is a Director of Learning Experience Design at iDesign with over 20 years experience in higher education internationally as well as in the US. He has served in faculty, academic administration and consultancy roles across and enjoys working at the intersection of Design, Pedagogy and Technology.

Kim Norbuta is a Director of Learning Experience Design at iDesign with over 20 years experience in online teaching, content development, and instructional design.

Briana Johnson is a Director of LX Design with iDesign. She has spent her career in online higher education with a focus on adult and returning learners.

Bettyjo Bouchey is Dean of Online Education at National Louis University.

Alissa Rennie is a Director of LX Design with iDesign with over a decade of experience in higher education.

Dr. Patrice Torcivia-Prusko is the Assistant Director, Learning Design, in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching and Learning Lab.