Here are some of our latest mentions in the press
University System of Maryland Launches an Instructional Design Support Center for More than 11,000 Faculty
iDesign is thrilled to partner with the University System of Maryland. The Instructional Design Support Center, available this summer and fall to faculty across the USM, will provide concierge-level support to help faculty transition to teaching online.
“While the system continues to navigate this unprecedented period of uncertainty, we understand that it’s imperative as a system that we put in place resources, tools and scaffolding to help faculty succeed in online teaching, regardless of their experience level,” said MJ Bishop, the associate vice chancellor and director of the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. “This support center will help us build surge capacity for faculty, providing them with instructional design support they need to thrive and do their best work in the online environment.”
Vanderbilt University Launches an Instructional Design Support Center for Faculty
iDesign is proud to announce our partnership with Vanderbilt University. The Instructional Design Support Center is designed to ease the transition to online teaching for faculty and, by extension, improve course quality for students. The center will help meet the diverse needs of faculty—whose course loads, disciplines, and experience-level with online teaching vary widely.
“Recent months have reaffirmed the critical importance of faculty-led innovation, resilience, and collaboration, especially in today’s difficult and unusual circumstances,” said Tracey George, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Vanderbilt University. “As educators and students alike navigate uncertain times, this on-demand support center will provide an invaluable service for educators at Vanderbilt, helping them build their capacity, overcome hurdles to online instruction, and refine their teaching practice in an online or hybrid teaching environment.”
EDUCAUSE Launches New Competency-Based Certificate in Instructional Design
iDesign is thrilled to announce our latest partnership with EDUCAUSE. “Institutions were already feeling an acute need for more instructional design talent to meet the growing demand for online learning,” said Malcolm Brown, Director of Learning Initiatives from EDUCAUSE. “Now, with higher education’s sudden pivot to remote teaching in response to COVID-19, building homegrown instructional design talent will help to ensure continuity of learning as we all navigate an uncertain future.” EDUCAUSE members will gain discounted access to LX Pathways, iDesign’s continuing education courses in disciplines like instructional technology, learning design and online course development.
Partnership Launches to Offer QM’s National Standard for Quality Assurance in Online Education
iDesign is extremely proud to announce the creation of a quality assurance pathway for online course development in partnership with Quality Matters (QM). Through a unique collaboration, courses designed by iDesign learning experience designers will be reviewed and certified using the rigorous Quality Matters review process. QM Certification — along with the QM professional development received by iDesign staff — will signal to universities, faculty, and students that these courses were designed in accordance with research-supported and nationally-recognized standards of quality. iDesign will become the first, exclusive provider of instructional design services that includes an official Quality Matters review and certification as part of its design and continuous improvement process.
Free Self-Paced Course Will Help Faculty Make the Transition to Teaching Online
iDesign is offering free access to our Online Teaching courses in response to the coronavirus outbreak. These self-paced courses form a training pathway that helps faculty, and educators more generally, make the transition to teaching online. This is a challenging time for our friends and colleagues across higher education and beyond. We hope these courses offer a measure of helpful support as we collectively strive to adapt and meet the needs of our learners.
New Upskilling Pathway Helps Colleges and Universities Build Internal Capacity to Create Online Courses
iDesign is excited to announce our partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national nonprofit forging learning pathways for working adults. Through this new partnership, adult-serving colleges and universities who are members of CAEL will gain discounted access to LX Pathways, a competency-based certificate program designed to help learner experience professionals keep pace with unprecedented technological change.
“As demand for online courses increases, this educational resource will help institutions build capacity to develop their own effective online programs,” said Marie Cini, president of CAEL. “LX Pathways coursework will enable our members to create online options aligned to the needs of the adult learners and communities they serve.”
Top-Ranked Middlebury College Expands Online Master’s Degree in Language Services
iDesign is excited to announce our partnership with Middlebury College to develop their new online Masters of Arts in Teaching in Translation and Localization Management. This program is the first online program of its kind here in the United States and will assist localization professionals to develop the necessary skills to translate goods and services to specific markets across a variety of languages and cultures. iDesign will work closely with Middlebury faculty to adapt their existing on-campus degree program to a rigorous online learning experience.
New Competency-Based Program Launches to Train the Next Generation of Instructional Design Talent
iDesign is incredibly excited to announce formally the launch of LX Pathways, our competency-based certificate program designed to help learner experience professionals keep pace with unprecedented technological change. LX Pathways is a “choose your own edventure” competency-based approach to acquiring and advancing instructional design and instructional technology skills, with a focus on quality and leadership in the field. The Pathways’ competencies cover everything from the nuts and bolts of learning management systems to universal design for learning (UDL), backward design, and project management. LX Pathways offers both self-paced learner-to-content interaction and direct-feedback coaching options.
“Instructional designers have become essential change agents within institutions, but relevant career resources and continuing education for prospective instructional designers are scarce,” said Whitney Kilgore, Chief Academic Officer of iDesign. “This work is about democratizing the essential skills and competencies that learner experience professionals need in the field.”
Can Small Data Unlock a Step Change in Learner Experience Design?
The EvoLLLution published a piece by our CAO, Whitney Kilgore, exploring the potential for AI and data analytics to impact teaching and learning in higher education. Change in higher education instruction is famously incremental for practical and philosophical reasons, but course-level data and analytics may enable (or even force) a dramatic uptick in data-driven continuous improvement of coursework and student outcomes. Student data analysis can help create more personalized and adaptive learning pathways that support student success.
Canvas Case Study: iDesign and LX Pathways
Instructure, the innovative ed tech leader behind the Canvas LMS and a long-time iDesign strategic partner, released a case study highlighting our use of Canvas. iDesign uses Canvas to streamline our hiring and recruiting. In this context, prospective candidates are enrolled in a Canvas course where they are provided with further information and asked to submit video responses to interview questions. Canvas is also the delivery platform behind our new LX Pathways initiative. LX Pathways is a “choose your own edventure” competency-based approach to acquiring and advancing instructional design and instructional technology skills, with a focus on quality and leadership in the field. The Pathways’ competencies cover everything from the nuts and bolts of learning management systems to universal design for learning (UDL), backward design, and project management. Leveraging Canvas and Catalog to provide well-defined career development paths, LX Pathways offers both self-paced learner-to-content interaction and direct-feedback coaching options. In addition, participants earn stackable credentials and certificates along the way. Thanks to Instructure for helping us get the word out!
Nation’s Top Nursing Schools Tap iDesign to Scale Innovative Programs
iDesign is very excited about the work we are doing in the field of nursing. Amid nationwide nursing shortage, iDesign has helped five institutions launch RN-BSN programs geared toward working nurses. Institutions such as Schreiner University, Loma Linda University, and Salve Regina University have partnered with iDesign to develop and launch programs that not only expand access, but also enhance continuing education and strengthen skill development through the application of advanced online and blended learning methodologies. Right now, these institutions are focused on addressing the BSN shortage, but soon they will turn their attention to family nurse practitioner (FNP) programs through RN to MSN offerings.
Salve Regina University Takes Aim at Nursing Shortage through Unique Partnership
iDesign is extremely proud to announce our new partnership with Salve Regina University. iDesign will provide instructional design, marketing and retention services to develop an online RN-BSN program that expands access for nurses and healthcare professionals. Offered at a fraction of the cost of most traditional in-person RN-BSN programs, the new online program will provide registered nurses with one of the most affordable and convenient options for obtaining their bachelor’s degrees currently available across the higher education marketplace.
The 2019 CHLOE 3 Report
Quality Matters and Eduventures Research
iDesign is proud to be the platinum sponsor the the 2019 CHLOE 3 Report from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. According to iDesign CAO Whitney Kilgore, “This year’s report reflects the continued evolution of online learning from a tool for access and scale, toward a strategy to improve outcomes and equity at scale.” CHLOE 3 also highlights the importance of instructional designers. For example, chief online officers surveyed reported superior student performance when ID support is required for online course development. Click below for a summary of key findings and a link to download the full report.
As Enrollment Waivers, Law Schools Look to Expand Online
Education Dive published an article examining the growth of online legal education. Law schools are increasingly attracted to online delivery for a range of reasons including new revenue streams and familiarizing faculty with the modality. Master’s degree offerings predominate today, and online delivery of JD coursework is increasing as the ABA relaxes accreditation constraints. The article features iDesign CEO Paxton Riter and highlights iDesign’s work with Emory Law.
Higher Education Revamps Online Education in 2019 as Traditional Enrollment Declines
Ed Tech Magazine
Ed Tech Magazine Higher Education highlighted competency-based education and the expansion of online offerings as tactics leveraged by many universities in response to declining traditional enrollment. The article cites iDesign CEO Paxton Riter in its discussion of the pros and cons of OPM relationships for universities.
As Traditional Colleges Grow Online, OPM Relationships Shift
Education Dive included perspective from iDesign CEO Paxton Riter in an in-depth piece exploring the ongoing evolution of the online program management space. “The type of model a college and its OPM pursue ultimately depends on what the institution wants to achieve online and how it is positioned.”
The ‘O’ in ‘OPM’ could stand for ‘Outsourcing’
Michael Feldstein wrote an insightful EdSurge piece on the evolution of the online program management sector. Universities face complex, nuanced decisions around partnering with external service providers in conjunction with online offerings. “Flattening a complex debate about risk and utility into a simple argument about good versus bad will help nobody.” We couldn’t agree more.
EDUCAUSE Taps iDesign for Online Leadership Programs
Inside Higher Ed
EDUCAUSE, the leading nonprofit association and community for IT professionals in higher education, today announced plans to launch five new online professional learning experiences focused on leadership and management competencies. Developed in collaboration with iDesign, each of the five Institute programs will incorporate new technologies to enhance collaborative, social, and microlearning activities, and ultimately allow the higher education workforce to develop professional skills in a flexible, engaging way.
AIRC Taps iDesign to Launch Online Program in International Recruiting and Enrollment
iDesign is proud to announce our partnership with AIRC, the American International Recruiting Council. Using the Course Market platform, AIRC will work with iDesign to offer The Professional Certificate in International Student Recruitment and Enrollment Planning. This blended certificate program will give international recruiting professionals the opportunity to refresh their industry knowledge, enhance their professional networks, and hone their skills.
Innovation in Learning Leadership Award Now Open for University Partners
Dallas Business Journal
iDesign is excited to announce our new scholarship for faculty and instructional designers at our partner institutions. The Innovation in Learning Leadership Award, which will be awarded annually, recognizes exceptional uses of instructional design to create educational experiences that impact students, faculty, and administrators. At least two winners will receive up to $5,000 in scholarship funds to help fund diffusion and knowledge sharing efforts, such as presenting at education conferences, authoring of journal articles, or other projects that showcase innovations in learning design. Each year, we are inspired by the ideas that our college and university partners translate into practice and outcomes. This scholarship demonstrates our gratitude for their collaboration and passion.
Learning Engineers Inch Toward the Spotlight
Inside Higher Ed
iDesign’s CEO, Paxton Riter, and CAO, Whitney Kilgore, provided their perspective on the evolution of the instructional design field in an article from Inside Higher Ed. While evolving nomenclature may reflect real changes underlying the space, new position titles may also contribute to confusion.
Keeping Online Courses Fresh: Valuable, but Costly
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed published an in-depth piece exploring the critical role of continuous improvement for sustainable, high-quality online offerings. Drawing from a wide range of voices including iDesign CEO Paxton Riter, the article underscores consistent conviction among higher education insiders that investment in continuous improvement is both costly and non-negotiable for long-term value proposition and viability.
Emory Law Taps iDesign for Online Juris Master Program
Inside Higher Ed
iDesign is proud to announce our partnership with the Emory University School of Law in support of the school’s online juris master (JM) degree. iDesign will provide instructional design, continuous improvement, and live support for faculty teaching in the JM program. Leveraging iDesign’s expertise in instructional technology and digital pedagogy, Emory Law faculty will create and deliver rigorous, rich learner experiences that that engage, challenge, and flex to meet the needs of working professionals. You can find the full press release here.
A Tipping Point for OPM?
Inside Higher Ed
An Inside Higher Ed article exploring the current and future state of the online program management (OPM) industry quoted our CEO, Paxton Riter, extensively. The clear success of early movers in the space fostered a profusion of OPM providers. The evolution of the sector will likely include both consolidation of existing bundled revenue share providers and the continued rise of providers offering unbundled and hybrid options.
Paul Quinn College, iDesign Partner on Online Curriculum
iDesign is incredibly proud to announce our new partnership with Paul Quinn College here in Dallas. If you are not familiar with PQC, you will be amazed and inspired by their story of transformation from a struggling institution to a nationally-recognized pioneer of the urban work college model. At iDesign, we believe that this is some of the most important and impactful work being done in higher education today. To show our support and our belief in “We over me” and the Quinnite Nation, iDesign will be working (free of charge) with PQC faculty and administration to create a suite of best-in-class online courses that increase access and affordability for students.
The Difference Between Efficacy and Evidence and Why It Matters
Research around education technology has tended to focus on the efficacy of tools and platforms (might they work?) as opposed to evidence of effectiveness (do they work for real learners…and under what conditions?). In an article from EDUCAUSE Review, our CAO, Whitney Kilgore, and Brian Fleming, Executive Director of the Sandbox ColLABorative at SNHU, explore this tendency toward efficacy research and recent efforts to promote research based on real world evidence.
The 2018 CHLOE 2 Report
Quality Matters and Eduventures Research
iDesign is proud to be the platinum sponsor the the 2018 CHLOE 2 Report from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. This year’s CHLOE (Changing Landscape of Online Education) Report provides a window into the strategy and policy decisions inspiring chief online officers at America’s colleges and universities. Click below for a summary of key findings and a link to download the full report.
iDesign unveils Course Market at UPCEA
At the UPCEA conference in Baltimore, iDesign formally launched Course Market, our digital marketplace for colleges and universities interested in delivering alternative credentials online. A unique partnership between iDesign and Canvas by Instructure, Course Market simplifies the process of creating and delivering high quality short-form and accelerated learning experiences.
3 Phrases to Drop When Building a Modern Learning Culture
Our CAO, Whitney Kilgore, wrote an article for Talent Economy exploring how to foster a modern learning culture, specifically by scrapping a few out-dated phrases from your organizational vocabulary. What education and training concepts should you drop? Click below for the big reveal.
University of Nebraska Works with iDesign to Develop More Online Courses
Campus Technology covered the announcement of iDesign’s partnership with the University of Nebraska. This unique partnership will engage faculty and administrators to develop cutting edge courses and utilize data to foster continuous improvement.
Competing Models Among OPM Providers
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed published an in-depth piece exploring the evolution of the OPM market and the growing interest in fee-for-service options. While bundled revenue share providers have dominated this market historically, more universities are opting for the flexibility, ROI, and aligned incentives offered by unbundled fee-for-service models. The article highlights the University of Pittsburgh’s decision to partner with iDesign to develop blended MBA programs on a fee-for-service basis.
Five Technologies that are Transforming Corporate Learning
Our CEO, Paxton Riter, wrote an article for HR Dive exploring five educational technologies that are contributing to the transformation of the corporate learning space.
Loma Linda University Taps Instructional Design Firm to Create Affordable Online Nursing Program
iDesign is proud to announce a new partnership with Loma Linda University to provide design support for an online RN to BSN program that delivers both affordability and a dynamic learner experience. By offering the resulting online degree at a compelling price point, Loma Linda University will ease both travel and financial constraints for prospective students, dramatically increasing access to quality nursing education in the region.
Course Market Delivers Alternative Credentials and Certificates to Higher Ed
Campus Technology covered the announcement of Course Market, iDesign’s solution for universities interested in offering alternative credentials and certificates directly to non-traditional learners. Combining iDesign’s services, the Canvas LMS by Instructure, and Credly for portable credentials, Course Market allows universities to rapidly transform existing content and expertise into modular offerings aligned with learner and employer demands.
Five Myths About Online Program Management
In the rush to move programs online, the revenue-share approach offered by incumbent online program management (OPM) providers often misaligns incentives in favor of scale and revenue over quality and institutional control. In an article from EDUCAUSE Review, our CEO, Paxton Riter, dives deep into the history and the future direction of the higher ed services space.
iDesign and the University of Pittsburgh Join Forces to Develop Innovative MBA Courses
iDesign is proud to announce our partnership with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Together, Katz and iDesign will develop blended courses that leverage the best of digital pedagogy and face-to-face instruction. Customized, full-service instructional design and continuous improvement support to Katz faculty is at the heart of this relationship.
When to Turn to OPMs: Best Practices for Online Program Development and Management
The tremendous success of iDesign’s first partner, Schreiner University, is highlighted in the cover story of the Winter 2017 University Business special report on online learning.
The Secrets to Successful Business Partnerships: How a Strong Relationship with a Business Partner Transformed an MBA Program
The Huffington Post interviewed Nancy Schreiber, Dean of the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University in Austin about the determinants of a successful business relationship in academia. The interview highlights the partnership between iDesign and the Munday School to develop a hybrid MBA program.
Inside Higher Ed 2017 Provosts Survey
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed released their 2017 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers, with sponsorship from iDesign. This latest version of the survey reveals – among other higher education trends – continuing positive growth prospects the online and blended space. For example, 86% of provosts plan to increase emphasis on online offerings in the next year, and roughly 50% expect a “major allocation” of funds to development and support of online offerings.
Higher Education’s Fastest Growing Social Media Platform Taps Instructional Design Firm to Apply the Science of “Social Learning” on Campus
iDesign has partnered with Yellowdig, the fastest growing social media platform in education, to help faculty implement pedagogical approaches that apply Yellowdig’s social learning technology to engage students and foster deeper learning.
What Faculty Need to Know About Learner Experience Design
EdSurge published a piece by Cornell’s Patrice Torcivia and iDesign’s Whitney Kilgore exploring the fundamental principles of LX design from a faculty perspective.
Schreiner U Pilots Online Course Redesign Dashboard
Campus Technology spotlighted iDesign’s Continuous Improvement offerings and our partnership with Schreiner University. Under iDesign’s Continuous Improvement model, our partners enjoy constant access to their own customized dashboard, which features data on various course quality metrics and informs ongoing course updates.
A Novel Way to Launch an Online Program
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed published an in-depth article exploring iDesign’s partnership with Schreiner University. Together, iDesign and Schreiner developed and launched an online RN to BSN program, which has been a great success for the University. Due to iDesign’s fee-for-service model and Schreiner’s innovative funding strategy, the University retains far more tuition revenue than it would under the incumbent OPM service model.
Online Program Management: A view of the market landscape
The e-Literate blog published an informative overview of the evolving online program management market by Phil Hill.
UX to LX: The Rise of Learner Experience Design
Our Chief Academic Officer, Whitney Kilgore, explores the emerging field of learner experience design in an article for EdSurge.
The Quest for Great Instructional Designers
Inside Higher Ed
Our CEO, Paxton Riter, wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed exploring the growing importance of instructional design – and the growing scarcity of instructional designers.
Echo360, iDesign Target the Transition to Active Learning
eCampus News featured a story on our partnership with Echo360 to provide instructional design support for the implementation of active learning technology and pedagogy.
The Great Unbundling of Higher Ed’s Service Providers
This EdSurge opinion piece examines the changing higher ed services landscape and highlights a number of key trends shaping the future of the sector. These include unbundled services and instructional design support reminiscent of the genius bar.
Top Universities Pursue New Approach to Instructional Design
iDesign’s unique approach to instructional design and unbundled online program management is gaining momentum and top universities are taking notice. iDesign announced collaboration with Southern Methodist University, USC Marshall, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri. Read the press release below.
Instructure Launches Partnership to Provide Instructional Design Support
This EdSurge piece highlights iDesign’s partnership with Instructure, the company behind the Canvas LMS. See the article below or the full press release from BusinessWire.
New Partnership Combines Learning Relationship Management (LRM) With Instructional Design
Fidelis Education enlisted iDesign to enhance its Learning Relationship Management offering. Tapping into iDesign’s expertise in online course design and faculty support, Fidelis customers can deliver a richer learning experience.
8 Wonderfully Unique Stores and Businesses in Dallas That You Should Know About
We don’t make donuts or organic dog treats, but Huffington Post included iDesign in their list of hottest stores and businesses in Dallas.
iDesign Aims to Accelerate the Availability of Online Courses and Degree Programs
Dallas tech and start-up news outlet Launch DFW spotlighted iDesign following an interview with our CEO, Paxton Riter. This wide-ranging piece discusses our philosophy, our model, and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur more broadly.