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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.


It’s Happening! Join us for our first LDL In-Person Gathering on September 30th and October 1st!

We have confirmed our first in-person gathering in Champaign, Illinois. Registration opens July 20th.


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.

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.


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.

Summer Term 2 (June 27 to August 7)

Office Hours with TAs
Mondays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (US Central Time)*


EPSY 408: Learning and Human Development with Educational Technology and
EPOL 486: New Media and Learner Differences
Mondays, 1:30 – 2:30 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.

Summer Term 1 2022 (May 16 to June 26)

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


EPOL 534: Assessment for Learning and
EPSY 560: Technology and Educational Change and
EPSY 559: Advanced Learning Technologies
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.

Fall 2022 – Term 1 (August 22 to October 16)

Office Hours
Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 (US Central Time)*


EPOL 580: Ubiquitous Learning AND EPOL 481: New Learning
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (US Central Time)

EPOL 586, 587, 588, 591, 599: Exam-Dissertation Sequence
Mondays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (US Central Time)

*Synchronous attendance is not required.

Fall 2022 – Term 2 (October 17 to December 11)

Office Hours
Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 (US Central Time)*


EPOL 581: Knowledge, Learning and Pedagogy AND EPSY 408: Learning and Human Development with Educational Technology
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (US Central Time)

EPOL 586, 587, 588, 591, 599: Exam-Dissertation Sequence
Mondays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (US Central Time) and some Tuesdays 8:00 -9:00 am (US Central Time)

*Synchronous attendance is not required.

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