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Jennifer Maddrell
Instructional Design
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Big news!!! Our +Designers for Learning ‪#‎OpenABE‬ Course is Extended to July 1st!

We heard you! Several people have reached out that they haven't had time to complete their lessons in our Instructional Design service-MOOC, but they still want to work toward finishing their deliverables to support our adult learners, and to work toward earning a course badge and certificate. While most of the facilitators and SMEs will wrap up their volunteer services on May 15th, a small crew of us will continue on to July 1st to help those who want to finish. In addition, as I was reminded by a participant in the course, there is also great peer-to-peer support happening in the discussion boards and during the formative evaluation! Therefore, for those who want more time, you have it, as well as plenty of support and encouragement to design on!!

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Missed last night's #openabe Designers for Learning​ service-MOOC webinar? No worries! Here is the recording:

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Missed last night's #openabe MOOC live webcast? No worries! Here's a link to the recording posted in the course :

This Designers for Learning webcast was the third live session held during the Open ABE service-MOOC held on Thursday, March 31st. Dr. John Baaki was the host of the conversation, and was joined by a few course facilitators and subject matter experts, as well as an amazing panel of participants from this course who shared their perspectives as educators working with our target audience of adult learners.

Panelists included:

John Baaki (co-host)
Jennifer Maddrell (co-host)
JR Dingwall (co-host)
Leecy Wise (co-host / SME)
Patricia Hernandez (special guest & enrolled in MOOC)
Alfons Prince (special guest & enrolled in MOOC)
Ruth Sugar (special guest & enrolled in MOOC)
Magxina Wageman (special guest & enrolled in MOOC)

Thank you to our special guests for sharing their inspiring stories!

With focus on: #adultedu #oer #GoOpen

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+Designers for Learning is excited to join members of the adult education community during the Commission on Adult Basic Education conference (#COABE16) in Dallas, TX on April 10-13, 2016. In addition, our team of volunteer designers, subject matter experts, and facilitators are in the final stages of the design process for our next service-learning experience, a free open service MOOC on the platform starting in February 2016. Read more ... #openabe   #coabe16  

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If you are interested in following along with the design of our upcoming instructional design service MOOC, please check out last night's Designers for Learning webcast with the volunteer designers #openabe

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We at +Designers for Learning are excited to join members of the instructional design community during the 2015 AECT annual convention November 4-7, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN. Designers for Learning will have a strong presence at the conference, including participants at our exhibit booth and facilitating four sessions. In addition, our team of volunteer designers, subject matter experts, and facilitators are deep into the design process of our next service-learning experience. Read more about these updates below:

Designers for Learning at AECT:

If you will be at the 2015 AECT convention in Indianapolis, please plan to stop by our exhibit booth that will be open the duration of the convention, and mark your calendar for the presentations and workshop facilitated by Designers for Learning participants. Here is a roster of the four sessions sorted by date and time:

Title: Design of Online Learning Modules for a Non-Profit Organization: A Collaborative Service-Learning Initiative
When: Thursday, November 5th 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency, 3rd, Cosmopolitan Foyer
Type: Special Design Showcase Session
Division: Design & Development

Title: The Design of a Cognitive Apprenticeship to Facilitate Virtual Service-Learning Experiences
When: Friday, November 6th 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency, 2nd, Regency C
Type: Concurrent Session
Division: Distance Learning
Title: Collaboration in a Multi-Institutional E-Service Learning Project: Reflections and Future Directions

When: Friday, November 6th 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency, 2, Network
Type: Panel Discussion
Division: Distance Learning

Title: Designing Authentic Service-Learning Experiences for the Instructional Designer
When: Saturday, November 7th 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency, 2, Theory B
Type: Fee-based Workshop 41-W2

2016 Open Service MOOC Update:

Do you (or your students or colleagues) want to gain instructional design experience that will contribute to a good cause? If so, please consider participating in our next service-learning project. We are facilitating a free open service MOOC on the open online course platform that will run from late February to early May 2016. Unlike our prior projects, there are no prerequisites and no application to join the service MOOC. Participants will gain experience as a volunteer designing instruction for educators and learners in adult basic education programs. All MOOC participants who successfully complete the service project will have the opportunity to include their final deliverables in our Designers for Learning Adult Learning Zone group at OER Commons as an open educational resource under a Creative Commons license.

Instructional design students and faculty, please note that this open service MOOC could be great opportunity to gain instructional design experience as part of a class, practicum, design portfolio, or other program requirement. Enrollment for the free open service MOOC will begin on the platform in January 2016. Please forward this email to others who would like to sign up for updates at

Comments or Questions?
Please contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you for your interest!

Jennifer Maddrell
Designers for

Designers for Learning is organized as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Illinois, and operates exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Designers for Learning promotes service-learning opportunities through collaboration with schools, students, and volunteers.

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Here is the +Designers for Learning Week in Review for the week ending October 18th for our current design project:
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