The Evolution of Designing E-Service-Learning Projects: A Look at the Development of Instructional Designers

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Jill Stefaniak
Jennifer Maddrell
Yvonne Earnshaw
Paige Hale


This design case will discuss how design strategies evolved through the development and implementation of two e-service-learning project cohorts. The article provides a detailed account for how Designers for Learning launched its first e-service-learning instructional design project to address adult basic education needs. Information and design feedback gathered at the end of project informed design decisions and changes to the process for a second iteration. The authors discuss the rationale for design decisions made throughout the course of these two cohorts as well as recommendations for mentoring and coaching novice instructional designers through a service-learning project.

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Stefaniak, J., Maddrell, J., Earnshaw, Y., & Hale, P. (2018). The Evolution of Designing E-Service-Learning Projects: A Look at the Development of Instructional Designers. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 9(1), 122-134.
Author Biographies

Jill Stefaniak, Old Dominion University

Jill Stefaniak is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology in the Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University. Her research interests focus on situated learning, instructional design strategies, and the professional development of instructional designers.

Jennifer Maddrell

Jennifer Maddrell founded and is Executive Director of Designers for Learning, a nonprofit that facilitates service-learning opportunities to support underserved educational needs.

Yvonne Earnshaw

Yvonne Earnshaw has an extensive background in technical writing, instructional design, and usability consulting and has worked on projects for Wells Fargo Bank, Intel, IBM, Cisco, Quintiles Transnational, Lenovo, ExxonMobil, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Paige Hale

Paige Hale is clinical faculty in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. She is the elementary counselor and school psychologist at the university’s K-12 Model Laboratory School.