May 12, 2022

EDUCAUSE launches a new certificate based on skills in instructional design

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — EDUCAUSE, a global nonprofit with more than 2,300 members including U.S. and international higher education institutions, corporations, nonprofits, and K-12 institutions, has today announced the launch of a new initiative that will provide professionals with development and training in developing and teaching online courses. The organization will now offer its members a new competency-based certificate, called LX Pathways, for education professionals looking to develop skills in instructional technology, lesson design and online teaching.

“Institutions already felt an acute need for more instructional design talent to meet the growing demand for online learning,” said Malcolm Brown, Director of Learning Initiatives at EDUCAUSE. “Now, with the sudden shift from higher education to distance learning in response to COVID-19, building local talent in instructional design will help ensure continuity of learning as we all navigate a future uncertain.”

LX Pathways courses will be geared toward the needs of aspiring instructional designers, technology professionals, faculty, and teaching and learning staff, who can earn micro-credentials on their way to earning a degree. a certificate after demonstrating the essential skills required for each career path. . Through this new partnership, EDUCAUSE members will benefit from discounted access to continuing education courses in disciplines such as instructional technology, learning design and online course development.

The certificate is based on the core competencies identified by iDesign as essential to the instructional design process, including learning theories, project management, LMS fundamentals, mentoring and support, and learning requirements. accessibility. The courses will allow professionals from participating colleges and universities to access content at their own pace, with optional opportunities to share their work and collaborate with their peers.

“As the demand for online courses exceeds the supply of instructional design talent, it has never been more important that we expand access to the skills needed to create engaging, high-quality online experiences,” said declared Whitney Kilgore, academic director of iDesign. “This work aims to unleash the inner instructional designer of every higher education professional, empowering them with the knowledge and technical skills to develop high-quality online courses and learning experiences.”

Online courses will allow emerging professionals to access content at their own pace, with optional opportunities to share their work and collaborate with peers. To learn more about LX Pathways, please visit

About iDesign: iDesign partners with colleges and universities to create, develop and support online and blended programs. We are passionate about helping faculty harness the potential of emerging technologies to design courses and degrees that make an impact, whether fully online, flipped, blended, adaptive, or competency-based. Our unbundled fee-for-service model is rooted in a commitment to flexibility and institutional autonomy, while our analytics platform supports continuous improvement through rigorous measurement of student engagement and quality lessons. From statewide university systems to private colleges, our custom solutions combine instructional design with technology to enable quality education. To learn more, please visit

About EDUCAUSE: EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association and the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. Technology, IT roles and responsibilities, and higher education are changing dynamically. Founded in 1998, EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage and use information technology to anticipate and adapt to these changes, advancing strategic IT decision-making at all levels of higher education. EDUCAUSE is a global nonprofit organization whose members include U.S. and international higher education institutions, corporations, nonprofits, and K-12 institutions. With a community of over 100,000 people in member organizations located around the world, EDUCAUSE encourages diversity of views, opinions and representation.

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