U-M offers new LX graduate certificate

By | January 20, 2020
diverse group of college students in a classroom seminar setting
Instructors and students in the Learning Experience Design certificate course participate in a discussion. (Samantha Sieren/Center for Academic Innovation)

As modes for teaching and learning continue to evolve—in part due to the influence of technology—the demand for skilled learning experience designers has grown. A new collaboration at U-M seeks to address that need. The Center for Academic Innovation and School of Education have partnered to offer graduate students a Learning Experience Design Certificate Program (LXD).

Combining School of Education courses on learning theory, curriculum design, multimodal literacies, evaluation and research design with authentic design opportunities at the Center for Academic Innovation, students will gain foundational knowledge and experience to design innovative and engaging educational experiences in online and on-campus contexts.

A July 2018 report by the Online Learning Consortium points to the increased demand for instructional and learning experience designers in higher education institutions as faculty translate their face-to-face classrooms for online instruction. Graduates of this certificate will prepare for new roles within universities and chief learning offices in educational technology companies and other corporations.