Great instructional designers continually improve their professional knowledge and skills through networking, research, and collaboration. In this course, you will assess your knowledge of learning and instructional theories, current learning trends, and instructional designer competencies. You will then engage in research, networking, and collaboration to address your needs. You will also explore well-established theories of learning and instruction that are meant to foster critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and metacognition. Our focus will be to evaluate those theories and strategies for use in different courses and contexts and apply those strategies in ways that support deeper learning. This course utilizes several of the instructional methods you will be researching so you can experience them while you learn about them.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Analyze the connections between learning theories, instructional theories, and instructional design models
• Assess your professional learning needs in the areas of instructional designer competencies and current learning trends
• Determine your learning needs utilizing networking, research, and collaboration
• Compare various instructional designs in terms of their ability to support deeper approaches to learning
• Design instruction that utilizes strategies to promote deeper approaches to learning in various contexts
• Analyze the uses of cognitivist, constructivist, and motivational learning and instructional theories
• Create instructional activities based on cognitivist, constructivist, and motivational learning and instructional theories
• Analyze the impact of participating in communities of practice in a specific instructional design practice
• Evaluate the use of communities of practice as an instructional design choice
• Discuss the strategies, benefits, and challenges for developing a community of practice at your institution
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