Research Preparation and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education: Results from a national study

About the study

Recent literature has started to explore the importance of the role of instructional designers within higher education. However, one area that has received little attention in this literature is the role of instructional designers in teaching and learning research.

This report offers a better understanding of how instructional designers are using and engaging in research on teaching and learning in their current roles, what previous training they have received in research methods and design, and whether they feel prepared to conduct research on teaching and learning in their current roles.

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of instructional designers think they need additional training in research methods to fulfill their role

Top 5 reasons why instructional designers want to further develop their research skills

Engage in individual professional development
Understand student needs
Understand instructor/faculty needs
Collaborate with faculty
Further the discipline

Attend a webinar about this research

In these webinars, researchers from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit will offer overviews of the results from their national study on the research preparation and engagement of instructional designers.

Each webinar is co-sponsored with a leading distance education organization. Click any highlighted webinar session to participate.

Nov. 29, 2017
Instructional Designers’ Confidence Levels in and Barriers to Research Design and Methodology
Available soon
Jan. 22, 2018
Importance of and Motivation for Instructional Designers’ Research Skills
Available soon
of instructional designers do not have research on teaching and learning in their job description
of instructional designers collaborated with others on research on teaching and learning

This study was conducted by the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit director Dr. Katie Linder and assistant director Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto.

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