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. The application for fall 2022 admission to HGSE’s Ed.M. programs is open.
"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 LDIT Program is designed to help you gain the knowledge and practice the skills essential to designing and implementing learning experiences. A minimum of 42 credits are required to graduate with an Ed.M. degree from HGSE.
The main elements of the 2022–23 academic year curriculum are:
- The summer Foundations courses (12 credits), including How People Learn, Leading Change, Evidence, and Equity and Opportunity, in which students gain core skills central to the profession of education.
- To fulfill the program requirement, you must take a minimum of 12 credits specific to LDIT, including the following:
- The LDIT Program Core Experience (4 credits), in this fall course, you will explore how to design learning across a wide variety of settings, from classrooms to conferences and online networks, in architecture, media, and emerging technologies. You will engage with outstanding design practitioners who are using design theory and strategies to make learning more appealing and more successful in a wide variety of settings. Across these different domains, faculty will highlight competencies that are critical tools for learning designers.
- LDIT-related course work (8 credits), sample course subject matter may include deeper learning, innovation by design, learning through arts, and implementing learning technologies.
- The remaining credits are taken via elective coursework, which includes the opportunity to specialize in a Concentration.
Explore our course catalog.
Note, all information and courses are subject to change.
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:
The $20 million collaboration will explore the potential for online education and artificial intelligence to prepare adult learners for a changing workforce.
A post on Twitter led to one alum helping families in India during the country's second wave of COVID.
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.
The application for admission to HGSE’s Ed.M. programs for the 2022-2023 academic year is open.
Connect with Admissions
If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact Selma Abdul.