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Informative Resources for learning designers

Welcome to our Learning Design and Technology resources page. Dive into a wealth of knowledge curated specifically for our MS-LDT program, featuring our expert webinars offering deep insights into various learning design topics, blogs exploring opportunities in the LD and ID field, essential conferences to connect and learn from others in the field and valuable downloadable materials to enhance your learning journey.


LDT EXPERT SERIES WEBINARS

How Learning Designers Can Best Take Advantage of AR & VR

Featuring Kristin Torrence and Joe Mares of Talespin

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in the L&D industry. As immersive technologies mature, it will be important for learning designers to add immersive learning to their toolkit. Learn from Kristin Torrence and Joe Mares of Talespin in this webinar.

Kristin Torrance is a highly experienced data-informed experience designer, researcher, and author of the 5 Models for Data-Driven Learning TD at Work Guide. She has a background in cognitive science, a demonstrated history of thought leadership speaking at conferences about virtual reality (VR) and learning engineering, and training teams on using generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools to augment their learning design and content production processes.

Joe Mares is an interactive experience designer with over 18 years of experience and multiple awards for his game design. He has created everything from video games, board games, theme park attractions, XR experiences and more. He is also in the process of authoring his first book about how to create fun product.

What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Instructional Designer

Instructional design is an industry full of opportunities to design and create innovative learning solutions, but this field can be confusing. Whether you are trying to determine if this is the best career path for you or if you’re new to the field, join this free webinar to gain insights from Dr. Luke Hobson. Dr. Hobson will share his experiences as an instructional designer to help you avoid mistakes, focus your efforts and explore your passion for problem-solving.

Dr. Luke Hobson is a Senior Instructional Design and Program Manager at MIT. He is also an author, podcaster, instructor and public speaker specializing in learning design. He also maintains a YouTube channel where he shares his passion.

Designing Stories Into eLearning

eLearning doesn’t have to be a content-focused experience that leaves learners overwhelmed and wondering how it all applies to them. Incorporating storytelling into your design is a great way of making content easier to understand and feel relevant to the learner. But remember, how well you design stories into your courses is what determines its success.

Hadiya Nuriddin

Hadiya has over 20 years of experience in learning and development where she specializes in instructional design and development for corporate, non-profit and academic environments. She has extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering both technical and professional development courses using a variety of industry tools and technologies. In addition to her instructional design experience, she is also the author of, StoryTraining: Selecting and Shaping Stories That Connect and she’s contributed to many Association for Talent Development publications.

Designing & Delivering Instructor-Led Training & Working with SME’s

In this session, we are bringing you an industry expert and MS-LDT faculty member who will give a deep dive into designing and delivering instructor-led training and working with subject matter experts.

Tameka is a Learning Program Design nerd who enthusiastically transforms passive ‘black and white’ content into active prismatic experiences for learners everywhere! She is formally trained in Instructional Design & Technology, Entertainment Business, Communications and Media Management.

Introduction to Agile for Instructional Designers

Organizational functions have begun to eye Agile methods as an attractive option for project management, decision making and prioritization. While eLearning teams can benefit greatly from adopting Agile, this workshop addresses specific adaptations to Agile methods proven to be effective for instructional designers and developers.

Megan is the CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, an organization connecting learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. She has 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting and is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, Data & Analytics for Instructional Designers and Making Sense of xAPI. She is also a facilitator with eCornell’s Women’s Executive Leadership certificate and other courses in virtual teaming, team leadership and communication.

Leveraging the LDT degree for career advancement

Join a distinguished panel of alumni as they share their experiences and strategies for leveraging the LDT degree for career advancement. Gain insider perspectives on navigating the job marketing with an LDT degree, learn effective strategies for positioning yourself for career growth and advancement and discover how to showcase your LDT skills and expertise to potential employers.

Lizzy King is a Learning and Development Program Manager at The Centre for Organization Effectiveness.

Marlena Rivera is a Sr. Curriculum Designer with Niagara Bottling

Andrew Poso is a Sr. Instructional Designer with Performance Technical Documentation Services, Inc.


What Students Have to Say

Here from LDT alumni as they share their experience and advice in enrolling in online graduate program.


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Instructional Design Community

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Downloadable Guides

eBook: 9 Reasons Instructional Designers Are In High Demand