What is Educational Technology, Instructional Design, and Learning Experience Design?
Educational technology is an umbrella term for both instructional design and learning experience design. Educational technology is the study and practice of designing effective instruction using technology, media, and learning theory. Educational technologists work in K-12 schools as technology integrators or in-demand classroom teachers. They work in colleges and universities designing courses and supporting faculty. They work in businesses and nonprofits to create tutorials, help centers, knowledge bases and training programs. Instructional design is specifically the systematic development of instructional materials that use learning and instructional theory and evaluate their effectiveness. Around 2015 the field of instructional design evolved into learning experience design.
Learning Design and Technology at Marlboro
Marlboro has developed a suite of learning design and technology programs to meet the diverse needs of the populations we serve. Whether you’re looking for a single course to satisfy your professional development requirements, or you’re looking for a full degree to launch a new career we’ll help you create a path to get where you want to be.
- 36 Credit Master's Degree in Learning Design and Technology
- Certificate in Learning Design and Technology
- Educational Technology Specialist (ETS #42) Endorsement courses for licensed Vermont teachers.
- Online Teaching Specialist Endorsement through NEOTI
- Continuing Education Program (CEP)
Learning Experience Design (aka Lx, LxD, LED)
A new term that surfaced around 2015 in response to Instructional Systems Design not accurately describing what it has become with the advent of new technologies and techniques.
Below are some excellent sources on Learning Experience Design:
“Courseware is enabling the development of new modalities and pedagogical shifts. An abundance of data now enables instructional designers to decode learning patterns. As a result, we are witnessing the growth of a new field: Learner Experience Design...LX designers, in contrast (to instructional designers), merge design-thinking principles with curriculum development and the application of emerging technologies to help faculty tailor content to student behaviors and preferences. It cuts across disciplines and moves beyond the LMS: LX designers embrace graphic design, multimedia production, research-based standards and social media. They are partners to faculty throughout the program and course development process...LX pushes farther, making sure the student voice is integrated more purposefully by sharing the course development and iteration process with those for whom it is designed...The groundswell of data and learning technology shows no sign of slowing down.” - Source: Edsurge.com “UX to LX: The Rise of Learner Experience Design. By Whitney Kilgore. Jun 20, 2016
“... Instructional Design (ID) as we know it may never be the same. Our jobs will very likely change, and what we need to do is going to change too. Instructional designers may be more like “instructional architects” who look at how entire systems operate, and who must integrate each learning component as part of an overall end-to-end user learning experience.” - Source: ElearningIndustry.com: “Transforming From Instructional Design To Learning Experience Design.” By Caroline Da Silva September 14, 2016
“This brings us to my vote as the ideal replacement for instructional design that is slowly creeping into use. It is Learning Experience Design, also known as LX Design. Here is why I think this title is relevant and meaningful.”
Focuses on the User. As noted, Instructional Design implies a focus on materials. That’s the wrong perspective. Learning Experience Design, on the other hand, focuses on how a person learns. It suggests a user-centric mindset, which is more effective for understanding an audience, meeting audience needs and thus, creating better solutions.
Based on Learning Science. Learning Experience Design emphasizes the learning rather than the instruction. Having the word learning in the title may remind us of the body of scientific research (although not perfect) underlying how people assimilate and apply knowledge and skills.
Designing Experiences. Calling ourselves Learning Experience Designers acknowledges that we design, enable or facilitate experiences rather than courses. This gives us a broad license to empower people with the tools and information they need to do their jobs, regardless of the chosen format. - Source: ELearning Coach. “Instructional Design Needs A New Name! A Call for Learning Experience Design” by Connie Malamed
- Jobs: Gov. Dept. Beuerio and Labor Stats “Training and Development Managers” good growth, NY is #2 in # of jobs from California. .
- “We are just beginning the Learning Experience Design revolution.” We Have to See Learning Designers for the Artists They Are - EdSurge
- EDUCAUSE: Changes in Higher Education
- Lx: Job Growth article
- Learning Experience Design advice for faculty. EdSurge
- “Learning Design and adaptive learning is the way it’s going” Learning Design Start Kit, with Gates funding and St Petersburg College
- When is a learning designer a project manager? (great research and links)
- 2015 Article Instructional Design Needs A New Name!
- Consultancy, Six Red Marbles
- ElearningIndustry.com: Transforming From Instructional Design To Learning Experience Design.
Master of Arts in Teaching: Learning Design and Technology
Marlboro's master's program will enable you to pursue well-compensated, fulfilling work in a steadily growing profession. See what our alumni are up to on our “Grads at Work” page. The options include:
K-12 Education: The Master of Arts in Teaching: Learning Design and Technology Degree prepares students to meet the increasing need for technology-savvy educators in both public and private schools. This degree also qualifies licensed teachers in Vermont to apply for the Vermont Educational Technology Specialist endorsement.
Higher Education: Academic technologists support college and university faculty and staff in the use of learning management systems, distance education programs, and classroom technology. Moreover, they often work on the research, development, and implementation of new learning technologies.
Corporate Training: Corporate instructional designers work in areas such as performance improvement, web-based training, software support systems, help centers, educational outreach, and needs assessment.
Non-profit/Government/Military: Educational technologists help organizations manage grants, bridge the digital divide, and train the trainers. They work in a broad spectrum of organizations, from foreign NGOs to children’s museums.
Search current US jobs on Indeed.com:
Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Department Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Instructional Designers and Technologists
- Training and Development Specialists
- Audio Visual Collection Specialists
- Instructional Coordinators
- Instructional Designers and Technologists
- Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Association for Talent Development (ATD)
- Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
- Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
- Vermont: VITA-Learn. Runs the two biggest EdTech conferences a year.
- Vermont: SCHOOL-IT Listserve. The main EdTech Listserve for Vermont EdTechers
- Northeast: Northeast Regional Computer Program (NERCOMP)
- Currently trending: "Learning Experience Design" or LX. Article UX to LX, The Rise of Learner Experience Design at EdSurge.com
- Edutopia.org, K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work
- Campus Technology, Magazine devoted to technology in higher education.
- T H E Journal. Transforming Education Through Technology.
- T + D. Training and Development magazine from ASTD
- Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education (ISTE)
- Journal of Research on Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Learning & Leading with Technology, ISTE's membership magazine.
- World Journal on Educational Technology
- Educational Technology Research & Development
- Journal of Educational Technology and Society
- Innovative Journal of Curriculum and Educational Technology
- The Journal of Learning Design
Other master's level graduate programs...
...in educational technology, teaching with technology, and learning design and technology
100 percent Online
- Southern New Hampshire University M.Ed: Tech integration specialist
- University of Vermont Curriculum and Instructional EdTech specialist. VT K-12 focused.
- UMass Online Online masters of education in instructional design
- San Diego State University MA in Learning, Design, and Technology
- Penn state world campus Learning Design and Technology masters
- The University of Florida. M.E.d, Curriculum, and Instruction, focus on EdTech
- Utah State; MA, MS in Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences
- SUNY Albany. M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology (CDIT)
- Arizona State University Masters in Education in Educational Technology
- Western Governors University M.E.d in Learning and Technology
- Capella University (For-profit). MS in Education Innovation & Technology
- Framingham College M.Ed. Concentration in Educational Technology (Online)
- Purdue Online Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology
- George Washington University Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership. And the Center for the Advancement of Research in Distance Education (CARDE)
Blended or In-Person
- Castleton University MA Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
- Castleton Center for Schools. Vermont K-12 Teacher Professional Development
- Antioch ME.d in EdTech
- University of Tartu, Estonia.
- Columbia Teachers College Instructional Technology and Media
- Stanford Learning, Design and Technology
- Harvard Technology In Education
- Adelphi University, Long Island, NY: Educational Leadership and Technology
- Boston University: Educational Media and Technology
- Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA: Instructional Technology, MEd
- Dowling College: Advanced Certificate in Educational Technology Specialist
- Fairleigh Dickinson University: Instructional Technology Specialist FDU Certificate
- Fitchburg State University: Technology Education
- George Washington University: Master of Arts and Graduate Certificates in Educational Technology Leadership (ETL)
- Institute of Education, London: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Education MA
- New Jersey City University: Educational Technology Programs
- New York Institute Of Technology: School of Education Instructional Technology Programs
- New York University: Graduate programs in Educational Communication and Technology
- Pace University, Westchester, NY: Educational Technology Specialist
- Seton Hall University: Instructional Design and Technology
- Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY: Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Educational Computing
- Touro College: Master of Science in Instructional Technology
- Western Connecticut State University: See: Master of Science in Education - Option in Instructional Technology (PDF)
Please contact one of our counselors to talk about your education and professional goals, and how a Master of Arts in Teaching: Learning Design and Technology from Marlboro College will help you reach them.