This is the collaborative design space for a service-learning project facilitated by Designers for Learning, an organization that coordinates volunteer service-learning opportunities for instructional design faculty and students who seek to gain experience creating instruction, training programs, and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social enterprises.  As described in the project description, the focus of this volunteer service-learning project is the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness. 

Project Overview

The focus of this service-learning project is the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness.  While the outcome of this project will support the missions of many organizations that offer adult basic education, those participating on this service-learning project are volunteers of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women, and children who have been abused or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, including a one-year residency program for adult male and female clients recovering from drug, alcohol, or other challenging issues. 

Clients in the Grace Centers of Hope residency program who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) are required to take in-house classes to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test in order to stay in the program. According to U.S. Census Bureau educational attainment data, over 30 million adults over the age of 18 have not attained a high school diploma (or equivalent). In 2014, the GED Testing Service amended the requirements for the GED test from the former 2002 version. The new GED test aligns with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards released in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education as a guide for adult education programs that prepare learners for post-secondary college and career training. 

Grace Centers of Hope has asked Designers for Learning to facilitate a volunteer service-learning project focused on the design of instructional materials and learning activities to meet the parameters of the College and Career Readiness standards. The request for help includes instructional resources for learners, as well as instructors and volunteers who work as tutors.  In response to this request, three pilot projects (as described in the project descriptionhave been developed to explore the design of open educational resources and instruction for college and career readiness, including:

  • Pilot A - Mapping and Mining of Open Educational Resources
  • Pilot B - Design and Development of Prototype Instructional Unit
  • Pilot C - Design and Development of Computers for Learning Instructional Unit

Key Project Timeline Dates

  • January 31, 2014: Deadline - Call for Volunteers
  • February 15, 2014: Volunteer Selection for the Pilot Projects Announced
  • May 3, 2014: Pilot Project Deliverables Due

Questions or Comments?

Please contact Designers for Learning with any questions or comments.