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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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ECO815 L&D Credentials: A Jack of All Trades or Master’s of Instructional Design?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Thursday, March 17

Ecosystem - People


The struggle of managers to identify the best candidates for the roles within their learning and development (L&D) ecosystem is always an issue, as is cultivating the development of valuable skills and knowledge within the existing ecosystem. The problem can be addressed by detailing the capabilities and competencies that are of the most value and importance in the L&D ecosystem, given the range of experience, degrees (formal education), and certifications available for professional development within the industry.

In this session, you will learn a new perspective on evaluating candidates. In addition, you will learn about helping current professionals within the L&D ecosystem determine the best fit and desire for ongoing professional development. You’ll explore the value of one master’s degree program compared to another, and which professional certifications offer the most value to your team.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How professionals with varying levels of formal education add value and strengthen the overall L&D ecosystem
  • How different master’s programs are structured from a curriculum and development perspective
  • About the relative value of different professional certifications
  • About opportunities to develop the skills and education of your existing team

Intermediate and advanced managers and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:

Chad Lowry

Customer Education Manager


Chad Lowry, customer education manager for Morningstar, has worked in the learning and development field for almost 20 years as a technical writer, instructional designer, eLearning developer, and manager. He recently completed his master’s degree in learning design and technology from Purdue University.

Sarah Crago

Instructional Designer

Arizona State University

Sarah Crago is an instructional designer at Arizona State University’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. While her background includes roles in educational publishing, teaching, and online course development, her current position allows her to design and deliver integrated, applied sustainability education to a wide variety of adult audiences. Sarah holds an MSEd degree in learning design and technology from Purdue University.

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