From Instructional Designer to Learning Engineer

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Northwestern University has recently hired three learning engineers. Distinct from instructional designers, these learning engineers conduct analytical research and drive technological change at the program level, while Northwestern’s instructional designers are often focused on building individual courses.

The takeaway? While “instructional designer” has served as a helpful catch-all word to help faculty and administrators understand their role and their value, is it time to start separating out ID roles and strategically hiring individuals with different and specialized skillsets around learning design and technology?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.