I’m sometimes asked to explain the difference between the role of the learning architect and the blended learning designer. I see it like this:
The learning architect is responsible for creating an environment that maximises the potential for learning. They carry out this work with a specific population in mind, however large or small. The work that the learning architect does is strategic and does not usually relate to a specific project or intervention.
The blended learning designer, on the other hand, is focused on a specific intervention. Normally this will be formal in nature, in that it represents some form of course, but the blended learning designer will often draw upon methodologies that are non-formal, just-in-time or experiential.
Here at Onlignment we are aiming to put resources and programmes in place that support learning architects and blended learning designers (who could, of course, be the same person), as well as those practitioners who put in place the online elements of the architecture and the specific interventions. At this point we have the following:
For blended learning designers: paperback and e-book versions of The Blended Learning Cookbook (expect edition 3 in 2012), as well workshops on blended learning.
For designers of digital learning content: our new book, Digital Learning Content: A Designer’s Guide will be available in paperback and e-book versions in January 2012; see also our practical guides and workshop.