Program: Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology
In our Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology (LDIT) Program, you will tackle promising and challenging frontiers of education — innovating education technology, leveraging the science of learning, and developing powerful pedagogies to improve learning outcomes. You will experience a diverse, inclusive, and high-energy environment, while learning from leading HGSE faculty, top industry practitioners, as well as your fellow cohort members. Our LDIT Program will equip you to work in education technology or curriculum development, creating new learning materials and experiences for preK–12 schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, and informal settings.
"So much of young people’s learning today takes place out of school, and it impacts how we need to design learning experiences. With this program, we will study the evolution and science of learning — exploring the impact of technological innovations, identifying ways these tools can help us improve learning designs, and making progress toward generating better student outcomes."
Joe Blatt, Faculty Co-Chair
After completing the LDIT Program, you will have gained a deeper understanding of core competencies that explore how to:
- Envision, design, and deliver learning experiences
- Determine the aims, specifications, and scope of design work
- Evaluate, document, and improve learning designs
- Initiate and manage successful design projects
The central theme of the LDIT Core Experience looks at what learning designers do, with each session independently examining the role these professionals play in specific settings, including classrooms, instructional media, museums, libraries, education start-ups, and informal learning environments. You will explore ideas in learning science, design, innovation, equity, and related fields and will apply these concepts to real problems of practice in diverse education settings.
The LDIT Core Experience also includes a studio component, where students share projects in development, discover connections between their project work and the program’s target competencies, and provide peer-to-peer feedback. In addition to the Core Experience, you will choose from a set of distribution opportunities that will enable you to specialize in areas that align with your professional aspirations.
Students will work closely with faculty associated with their area of study, but students can also work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty co-chairs for LDIT are Joe Blatt and Jal Mehta. View our faculty directory for a full list of HGSE faculty.
The LDIT Program prepares you for a variety of career pathways, including:
- Instructional designer
- Learning technologist
- Learning media producer
- Instructional coach
- Curriculum designer
- Product designer
- Digital-learning designer
- User-experience designer
- Learning-assessment developer
- Human-factors researcher
- Professional learning and development manager
From curriculum design to instructional approaches to classroom structure, technology has had a transformative impact on education. Our Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology Program grounds you in the science of learning and prepares you to incorporate technology into your education practice. In the profiles below, see how our technology-focused alumni have incorporated innovative practices into their learning environments:
A post on Twitter led to one alum helping families in India when during the country's second wave of COVID.
An alum talks about funding edtech startups that focus on the human side of work.
Cohort and Community
Though LDIT, you will join a remarkable cohort of passionate educators and creative thinkers who represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experience levels. Guest speakers, alumni networking, student-organized initiatives, and social events all contribute to the creation of a cohesive and supportive peer group. The LDIT community also is part of the larger HGSE family — preparing you and your cohort members with the opportunity to change the world through your impact on excellence and equity in education.
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