Learning Architect2019-08-01T17:10:13-04:00

If you are dedicated to improving and enhancing education for all learners—and you like the idea of working with team members and faculty to accomplish this—then iDesign invites you to explore the Learning Architect Pathway. Learning architects bring special expertise to the curation and creation of online course materials. The pathway experience is designed to lead you through the steps needed to acquire that expertise.

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Learning Architect

The Learning Architect Pathway consists of 13 core competencies that cover the foundational knowledge and skills that a learning architect needs in order to be successful.

Each competency includes a clear set of knowledge objectives that are aligned to relevant resources, practice activities, and self-assessments.
The competencies are grouped into thematic sets—complete one successfully, and you can earn a digital badge in the following:

Upon successful completion of all 13 competencies, iDesign will give you an LA Pathway Completion Badge, which you can use to enhance your résumé, CV, or professional Web presence.

For an even deeper dive, you can move on to the LA Pathway Portfolio Experience. This option will pair you with a learning coach, who will provide one-on-one support to help you meet the performance objectives needed to flourish in the field. Upon successful completion of this competency, iDesign will grant you an LA Pathway Digital Portfolio Certificate that affirms your participation and achievement.

Learning Architect Curriculum

Learning Theories

Why are learning theories important? This competency explores that question by examining three of the most common learning theories and discussing their impact on teaching strategies and learning outcomes. Along the way, you will also learn about “content chunking,” which is an important means of helping students avoid cognitive overload.

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Instructional Design Models

This competency introduces several important instructional design models and discusses their benefits and limitations. Like learning theories, instructional design models help learning architects recognize and implement effective learning frameworks and strategies. In addition, this competency covers backward design and universal design for learning (UDL) principles and explains how they can be integrated with instructional design models.

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Learning Objectives

Learning objectives provide a foundation for every instructional design project. This competency will help you identify and develop objectives that are both appropriate and measurable. You will be introduced to several strategies for accomplishing this, including SMART and ABCD.

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Alignment and Mapping

Mapping is a great way to ensure that your learning objectives, content, and assessments are aligned at module, course, and programmatic levels. This competency shares strategies for identifying gaps in course content and selecting appropriate learning materials based on the learning objectives.

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Creating and Communicating with Google

Google Suite is a set of online tools that is used in many industries and professions—including instructional technology. This competency introduces the features of Google Suite, such as file sharing, editing, and commenting, and explains how these straightforward but powerful tools can transform the way you create, share, and communicate with the people on your team.

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Communication and Collaboration

A learning management system (LMS) is software that is designed to deliver course materials online. As a learning architect, you will encounter many different LMS systems and you need to know how to work in them. This competency provides a basic tour of LMS components and explains how users interact with them and where to go for technical support. You will get the opportunity to interact with several of the most commonly used LMSs and evaluate built instructional materials and learning products within them.

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Communication and Collaboration

A learning management system (LMS) is software that is designed to deliver course materials online. As a learning architect, you will encounter many different LMS systems and you need to know how to work in them. This competency provides a basic tour of LMS components and explains how users interact with them and where to go for technical support. You will get the opportunity to interact with several of the most commonly used LMSs and evaluate built instructional materials and learning products within them.

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Project Management

Project management is critical to the successful development of instructional materials—whether for an entire academic course or a short corporate training—and is therefore an important aspect of being a learning architect. In this competency, you will learn about the key project management skills you will need, including risk identification and mitigation, resource allocation, and the development of quality standards.

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Educational Technologies

Educational technology provides tools for delivering and enhancing online learning. This competency explains how these tools can be utilized, shares important criteria for choosing among them, and explains how learning architects can provide technical support to clients. It also covers technical support considerations and some of the common challenges associated with implementing education technology.

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Coaching and Support

During the course design process, the instructional technologist is the technical expert. With this expertise comes the hazard of using highly technical language, or jargon, with people outside your field who may not understand it. This competency stresses the importance of knowing how to explain technological concepts without resorting to jargon and how to support the development process, and those involved in it, by giving sound advice and feedback. In short, this competency is about learning to be an effective technology coach.

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Legal and Regulatory Requirements

If educational experiences, such as taking an online course, are to result in genuine learning, they need to be accessible to all learners. In fact, for most educational institutions, it’s the law. In this competency, you will learn about the legal and regulatory requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that govern online educational content. You will discover what it takes to make such content accessible to everyone—in specific terms, what it means for content to be “perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.”

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Activity Development

Determining how learners will engage with instructional materials is a standard part of the course development process. In this competency, you will be introduced to effective research-based practices that support online learning and help to ensure that learning activities are aligned with objectives. You will also learn how to create activity rubrics and gain insight into their value for both students and instructors.

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Content Creation and Curation

A learning architect typically works with a team of faculty members and/or subject matter experts to curate or create course content. This content comes from a variety of sources. This competency explains how and when content can be used from a legal standpoint and whether or not it is accessible to all learners. Since this is a collaborative process, you will learn about strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of your team collaboration methods.

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