Discovery Series: Charles M. Reigeluth

Date & Time: 
Friday, September 17, 2021 - 2:45pm

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Discovery Series Presents:

Charles M. Reigeluth

  • Topic: My Interests in Improving Learning: An Evolution
  • Date: September 17, 2:45 p.m. (CST)

This presentation opens with a description of how I became interested in improving education and other kinds of purposeful learning.  It began with my realization that educators did not know how to make learning interesting and engaging.  So I began my career with a focus on instructional design – methods to make learning more fun and effective – including the use of digital technologies to support such learning.  When I believed the field had advanced enough to design such learning, I switched my main focus more broadly to structural changes that educational and training systems need in order to enable this new kind of learning, and that led a focus on how to help educational and training systems transform to this different kind of learning.  The presentation concludes by providing some advice to instructional designers, regardless of the context in which they work.

Charles M. Reigeluth is a distinguished educational researcher and consultant who focuses on paradigm change in education. He has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in instructional psychology from Brigham Young University. He is a professor emeritus in the School of Education at Indiana University and a former high school teacher. His latest books, Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume IV: The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education (2017), Vision and Action: Reinventing Schools through Personalized Competency-Based Education (2020), and Merging the Instructional Design Process with Learner-Centered Theory: The Holistic 4D Model (2021) chronicle and offer guidance for a paradigm change in K-12 education and other learning contexts (see He offers presentations and consulting on this topic.