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Welcome to the Learning Design and Leadership program!

We invite you to explore this website to learn about the LDL Program and its requirements, the syllabi for courses taught by LDL program faculty, the LDL Exam-Dissertation Sequence, and CGScholar (the platform used in courses taught by LDL faculty). We also invite students and alumni to connect in our online community and Slack spaces.


Happening Now

Be sure to check out the Happening Now page to see a calendar of upcoming events for those interested in the LDL program, new students, current students, and alumni.

The Learning Design and Leadership program is a part of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, which has been ranked as #3 in online Master’s degree programs by US News and World Report and also one of the most affordable amongst the top 5 programs.

New Students!

Congratulations on joining us in the LDL Program. Get started by following this checklist.

If you are in the LDL or another graduate program and are new to taking an LDL course, visit the Course Preparation page in advance.


Current and Upcoming Courses

The courses referred to below and throughout this site are taught by Dr. Bill Cope, Dr. Mary Kalantzis, and Dr. Kara Francis. To learn more about the research of Dr. Cope and Dr. Kalantzis, visit New Learning Online. Refer to the Annual Course Schedule to see when all LDL courses are taught. To see schedules for courses taught by other faculty, refer to courses.illinois.edu or the University’s Registration system.

Refer to the Course Syllabus page for specific links to course materials and deadlines.

Spring 2023 – Term 1 (January 17 to March 19) EPOL 582 and EPOL 534

Office Hours with TAs
Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (US Central Time)*


EPOL 534: Assessment for Learning and
EPOL 582: New Media and Literacies
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (US Central Time)*

EPOL 586, 587, 588, 591, 599: Exam-Dissertation Sequence
-Refer to the Happening Now page for the latest schedule. Advising sessions available upon request. Please contact Dr. Francis.

*Synchronous attendance is not required.

Spring 2023 – Term 2 (March 20 to May 6) EPOL 583 and ERAM 557

EPOL 583: E-Learning Ecologies: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (US Central Time)*

Office Hours with TAs: Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (US Central Time)*


ERAM 557: Meaning Patterns: Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (US Central Time)*

Office Hours with TAs: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (US Central Time)*

EPOL 586, 587, 588, 591, 599: Exam-Dissertation Sequence
-Refer to the Happening Now page for the latest schedule. Advising sessions available upon request. Please contact Dr. Francis.

*Synchronous attendance is not required.

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