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Instructional Design CoP - User Design: Designing Instruction With (Not For) Others

  • 28 Feb 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Founders Hall (GMU), Room 207, 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201-4426
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In this provocative February meeting of the Instructional Design Community-of-Practice (CoP), we will question the very foundations of expert-driven traditional Instructional Design processes. Rooted in systems thinking, User-Design puts the users of learning interventions in the driver’s seat in designing their own learning experiences. Indigenous knowledge drives User-Design—users designing learning for users without expert influence. Learning interventions may therefore be better adopted and diffused within organizations. User-Design is based largely on the work of Dr. Alison Carr-Chellman in her book of the same title. Instructional Design CoP co-director Robert Jordan, a former student of Carr-Chellman’s, will briefly review what User-Design is and is not, describe the role of instructional designers in a User-Design process and discuss how he worked with users in his organization to create a workplace curriculum. Attendees will then try their hand at creating ground-up learning using Tod Siler’s Think Like a Genius metaphorming techniques.

Dr. Robert Jordan is currently employed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Workforce Development and Training Branch. His primary responsibility is designing instruction and learning environments. He holds a PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His professional interests include non-formal learning and innovative learner-centered instructional design practices. He has written and co-written several articles and book chapters on various topics related to instructional design and learning. He is a co-director of the Metro DC Chapter of ATD's Instructional Design Community-of-Practice.

Dr. Ali Carr-Chellman is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.  Her work centers on issues of systems theories, user-design, gaming to re-engage alienated learners, and qualitative research. 

Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are also welcome to bring light meals with them, such as sandwiches or salads. There are several establishments within a few blocks of the venue that offer such fare. 

From Washington, DC:

Cross over the Roosevelt Bridge; follow signs to the George Washington Parkway. Once on the parkway, exit at Spout Run (left exit). Cross over Route 29 (Lee Highway). Spout Run is now Kirkwood Road. Cross over Washington Boulevard. The Arlington Campus is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

From I-66 heading east:

Exit I-66 at Glebe Road/Fairfax Drive (exit 71). The exit ramp turns into Fairfax Drive. After traveling one mile on North Fairfax Drive, you will see the FDIC building on the left. The Arlington Campus is past the FDIC building.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-66 heading west:

Exit I-66 at Glebe Road (exit 71). Turn left onto Washington Boulevard. Stay on Washington Boulevard until you pass the Giant Supermarket; then turn right onto Kirkwood Road. The Arlington Campus is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-395:

Exit I-395 at Glebe Road North. Continue on Glebe Road, passing Ballston Common Mall on the right. Cross over Wilson Boulevard, then turn right onto Fairfax Drive. After one mile you will see the FDIC building on the left. The Arlington Campus is past the FDIC building.

From Fairfax and Points West, via Route 50:

Go east on Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.). Exit at Glebe Road, and turn left on Glebe. Turn right on Fairfax Drive. The Arlington Campus is one mile down on North Fairfax Drive, past the FDIC building, on the left.

Paid visitor garage parking is available onsite at Founders Hall as well as street parking outside the building

By Metro:

Take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square/GMU station. The Arlington Campus is approximately 2 blocks Take the escalator to the street level, and turn to face Fairfax Drive. Across the street and to the right, you will see the FDIC building. Cross the street and continue past the FDIC building. The Arlington Campus is on the left. 

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