Opportunity Calls: High Demand for Skilled Learning Designers
The world of education and training changed forever in 2020. The widespread move to online learning has triggered a high demand for instructional designers and learning designers, a profession that Inside Higher Ed is now calling “The Hottest Job in Higher Education.”
The need for effective, professionally designed educational and training materials is not limited to K-12 public schools now wrangling with the transition to online education, nor to the countless colleges and universities seeking ways to deliver high-value online learning experiences to their students.
Businesses and corporations across nearly all sectors, government agencies, nonprofits, and organizations of all shapes, sizes, and missions are also ramping up the shift to remote and online training modalities — understanding that the social and physical distancing protocols made necessary by COVID-19 will result in permanent changes to the way we work and the way we learn.
This changing balance between onsite vs. remote engagement — both in education and in the workforce — creates unprecedented career opportunities for educators, trainers, and others who have the skills needed to create online education and training materials, designed with user experience and optimal learning in mind.
Welcome to the future of learning design.
Inside the Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology Program
Here at the University of San Diego, we have been established leaders in online education for many, many years, continually improving our top-quality online degree programs and creating innovative new ones in response to demand.
Today, the demand for instructional designers and learning designers gives rise to exciting possibilities for anyone seeking to launch or advance an instructional design career in education or business, or to work as a freelance learning design consultant.
Learning Design [Fast Facts]
The global online education market is projected to grow from $29 billion in 2019 to $205 billion by 2026, according to a report by Zion Market Research.
88% of instructional designers reported having a graduate degree (study by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association – UPCEA).
The online Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program is ideal for current professionals working in education or training or for those considering a career change to more intentional work with learning design.
The Faculty: Real-World Experts, Hands-On Instruction
The faculty members selected for USD’s Learning Design and Technology master’s degree program have a distinguished combination of academic and industry experience, including expertise in curriculum design, teaching, training, digital media and graphics design, and leadership in a variety of educational settings.
Their background and experience include educational technology, learner experience design, corporate training, organizational performance data analysis, information, and learning media design and development, and K-12 and higher education leadership. Faculty members have terminal and/or doctoral degrees.
Each faculty member is engaged in working closely with students to make the LDT learning experience one that you can use to transform your career and achieve your most important goals.
Accreditation is an important quality indicator for college and university degree programs, generally regarded as a stamp of approval that ensures you will be able to apply for financial aid and transfer your credits if you decide to switch schools. Most state universities and private non-profit universities will have regional accreditation. The University of San Diego has earned both regional and national accreditations.
The WASC Senior College and University Commission – WASC is a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. Learn more about the importance of selecting a regionally accredited program.
Enrollment and Academic Advisors
Applying to a graduate program can be complicated — that’s why our team of advisors is here to help answer all of your questions.
When you first inquire about our Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology program, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor who will be available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission, and guide you through the application process.
In addition, each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress, and providing guidance as needed. Program Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.
Right from the start, you’ll receive support and guidance from experienced advisors who are invested in helping you achieve your education goals!
Online Learning at USD
Designed for busy working professionals who want to earn their master’s degree while balancing the demands of work and family life, the University of San Diego offers convenient, yet rigorous online learning programs that enable you to achieve your educational goals on your own schedule.
As an online graduate student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus, and course resources from any computer with internet capability.
The degree you’ll earn as an online graduate student is the same as that earned by campus-based students. The online courses embody the same learning outcomes, educational rigor, and high level of academic excellence.
The University of San Diego, established in 1949, is a highly rated private, Catholic university that regularly earns accolades and honors from academic websites and publications. USD citations include:
A Few Words About the Program
“The pandemic has dramatically expanded learning design and the use of technology to create highly effective education and training offerings that can be accessed remotely. Fortunately, we began planning our LDT degree program before the crisis hit, so we had a head start. With or without the pandemic, we had already identified this as a crucial area of need.” – Academic Director, Lisa Evans