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An Industry Liaison for Graduate Learning in Instructional Design

  • Craig D. HowardEmail author
  • Rose Benedicks
Original Paper


The authors present insights from the creation of an Industry Liaison (IL) role in a graduate program in Instructional Technology. An analysis of learner questions posed to practicing designers showed masters candidates’ concerns fell into four areas: rejections and acceptance in the workplace, career logistics, technological skills, and application materials. Using these questions, the IL solicited practicing designers’, design managers’, and instructional design consultants’ answers. Findings expose areas where instructional design learning can be improved, and areas where academic preparation can be better connected to the practice of instructional design.


Design learning Design programs Graduate learning Industry liaison Instructional designers Theory to practice 


Author’s Contribution

All authors contributed to the study conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and analysis were performed by Craig Howard. The first draft of the manuscript was written by Craig Howard and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. The authors are indebted to the anonymous group of IDs who contributed to the IL responses used in this study.

Funding Information

This study was unfunded. Neither author was compensated and there is no agency acting as a source of funding, nor have any honorariums been paid.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Research Involving Human Participants and/or Animals

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee (The University of Tennessee Knoxville UTK IRB-19-05211-XM/ Reference Number: 726393) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Tennessee KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Leo LearningEast SussexUK

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