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251 Today’s Challenges in Instructional Design

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM PT
Tuesday, November 16

On a regular day, instructional designers face a litany of challenges when given a project of creating courses, curricula, and other learning solutions. They may face constraints on length, budget, delivery method, and more, as well as limited budgets and timeframes for design and development. In this highly interactive session, you will engage with other participants to discuss common challenges as well as new challenges posed by the pandemic—and how to face them. During this facilitated discussion, you will examine your experiences, how you solved problems, and describe lessons learned. We will contemplate how the past year has impacted what we do, how we do it, and how that has affected the learning solutions we have created.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How current challenges are affecting designing instructionally sound learning solutions
  • How peers are confronting these challenges
  • Strategies for a post-pandemic world where everything has changed about designing for learning

Heather Porterfield

Manager, Online Learning

National Center for Education/Economy

Heather Porterfield is a highly experienced learning and development professional with a proven record of accomplishment of successful management and development of meaningful learning solutions for adult learners. She is also a resourceful and results-driven professional with demonstrated capacity to design, manage, organize, and implement learning programs that improve employee performance, increase productivity levels, and drive operational results. Heather is an engaging communicator with public speaking competencies utilized to develop, train, and enhance audiences to influence organizational objectives. And finally, she is a passionate learning culture advocate who successfully manages and develops cutting-edge training and practices across diverse global industries. Currently, Heather is the manager, online learning, at the National Center for Education and the Economy.