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Gain experience for good in +Designers for Learning's upcoming instructional evaluation service project to evaluate and redesign open educational resources for adults looking to improve their skills. Enroll here:

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[Announcement] Enrollment is open for Designers for Learning's brand new instructional evaluation service-learning course! This free 6-week course will run March 20 - April 30, 2017 on Canvas Network:

What is different in this new service-learning experience?

Building from our previous service-learning projects, this developmental evaluation course focuses on instructional evaluation, as well as the adaptation and redesign of our existing roster of open educational resources for adult basic education. This project-based experience is perfect for those who want to gain real-world instructional design experience while supporting a good cause, but would like a shorter 6-week time commitment.

Please help us spread the news by sharing this enrollment information with other interested colleagues and your students! Thank you.

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell
Designers for Learning

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+Designers for Learning's #OpenABE service-MOOC facilitation ended last night (December 4th) as scheduled, but the deadline to turn in final open educational resource (OER) lesson deliverables (either in Module 7 or the Bonus Challenge) is extended to December 31st for those needing a bit more time to make final edits to their lessons.

A huge thank you to the over 3,500 students who enrolled in our courses in 2016 and our volunteer facilitators for your service! Contact us to receive future updates about our service-learning projects:


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Today is #GivingTuesday: Please support our work

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that kicks off this charitable season. Designers for Learning invites you to make an impact by participating in #GivingTuesday and donating to support our work to help adults with low literacy & math skills.

To donate:

The impact we make.

Designers for Learning makes an impact by supporting underserved adult learners with low literacy and math skills. We facilitate service projects focused on adult basic education curriculum design and professional development. In 2016, over 3,500 people enrolled in our free open adult basic education service-learning courses to gain instructional design experience and develop free open educational resources tailored to the unique needs of adult learners.

Join us to make an impact on #GivingTuesday.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a world-wide movement that brings people together around the values of service and giving back. Please join our effort to impact adult basic education by donating to support our work, volunteering or enrolling in our future projects, and sharing this email with your network of friends, students, and colleagues. Thank you!

Dr. 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. We help nonprofits and other social enterprises achieve their missions by targeting underserved educational and curriculum needs through service-learning.

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Designers for Learning asks, “What impact will you make?” On Saturday, November 12th, join Designers for Learning during Education Impact Day, a free global online conversation with twelve featured speakers who will share their perspectives on educational impact, including past successes, current initiatives, and needed innovations. Register here to receive your webcast login credentials -

Each hour features a different invited speaker who will focus on a topic related to his or her expertise, including education policy, instructional design, digital media, and educational technology. Over 325 people have already registered. Please join us!

What: Free online webcast to explore educational impact with innovators in the field
When: Saturday, November 12th, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST
Who: 12 featured speakers in an online global all-day conversation
Cost: Free

For updates, follow the event on twitter: @design4learn & #EdImpact16

Please feel free to share this announcement with your network. Thank you!

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning

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Register now for our (free) live webinar this Thursday, Oct 27th:

Join us this Thursday, October 27th for +Designers for Learning's next live webinar with #openabe service-MOOC participants. The format is a "Design Pitch" where we will open the mic for anyone who wants to pitch their designs & get feedback. This is great opportunity for those who want feedback on their lesson ideas, or those who are stuck and want suggestions on direction. Lurkers are welcomed, too, even if you aren't enrolled in the course.


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Registration is now open! Join +Designers for Learning on Saturday, November 12th for #EdImpact16, a 12-hour webcast-athon with an amazing roster of featured speakers:

Our featured speakers will lead us through a day long discussion about educational impact (past successes, current initiatives, and needed innovations). As a service-learning organization, Designers for Learning's objective for this event that coincides with our fall fundraising campaign is to spend the day exploring one important question, "What impact will you make?"

At the top of each hour during this 12-hour event, we will introduce the next scheduled speaker for a Question & Answer (Q&A) discussion with one of our webcast hosts. Our invited speakers will share their perspectives on educational impact related to their individual passions and expertise. This informal Q&A discussion format will give our speakers the opportunity to describe their role within the educational landscape, and how they feel their work has made, or seeks to make, an impact. Following each speaker session, we will open up the webcast for you as an audience member to engage in an open discussion until our next speaker begins.

Our aim for the Education Impact Day webcast-athon is 12 hours of thought-provoking discussion from professionals in the field of education, and promises to be an engaging experience for all of us to share our passions and efforts to make an impact in teaching and learning. Please join us, and follow the webcast-athon on social media under the #EdImpact16 hashtag.

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Will we see you at #AECT16 next week in Las Vegas?

Designers for Learning is hosting a booth at the Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT) annual convention in the exhibitor area from Tuesday, October 18th through Friday, October 21st. As a nonprofit with a service-learning mission, our focus is on educational impact. If you will be at the conference, please stop by to share your stories of educational impact (your past successes, current initiatives, and planned innovations). During the conference, keep an eye on social media where we will post your stories under the hashtag #EdImpact16.

Read more about our convention sessions on our website:

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Reminder: Register Now for October 6th Free Webinar

Registration is now open for Designers for Learning's Thursday, October 6th webinar. The format will be an informal Q&A for both our #openabe course participants & others interested in our course, instructional design, adult education, or open education. Register now at:

#adultedu #OER
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