Your Name and Title: Jessica Diebold, Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist

Library, School, or Organization Name: Thomas Jefferson University

Co-Presenter Name(s): Carmin Bermudez, Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Philadelphia, PA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Faculty, Librarians, and Instructional Designers

Short Session Description (one line): This session will highlight the professional attributes needed for a career in instructional design and offer two alternatives to a degree program in Instructional Design or Technology.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

In today’s evolving higher education landscape, colleges and universities are trying to answer the question of how to resonate with students while faculty members juggle an increasing level of responsibility. We need agile and creative instructional designers to bridge that gap and help mold course content to meet the needs of diverse learners. There are continual developments in the field, including innovative technologies emerging each day and new strategies to support the next generation of learners. What doesn’t change is the professional capital of a can-do attitude paired with learning agility, on-the-job training, and professional development grounded in pedagogical theory.  This session will showcase two of the many hidden pathways to a career in instructional design, as told by a former professional ballroom dancer and gas station attendant.

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