Instructional Design Services

Instructional Design Services


What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is the systematic process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered. The terms instructional design, instructional technology, educational technology, learning experience design (LX), curriculum design, and instructional systems design (ISD), are often used interchangeably. Below are a few instructional design definitions from various resources on instructional design:

 Smith and Ragan (1999) define instructional design as “a systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, information resources, and evaluation.” Instructional designers draw on theories and practices from the fields of education, psychology and communication.

 "Instructional Design is defined as “a systematic process that is employed to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion”. (Reiser, Dempsey, 2007)

What Instructional Design Support is Available at Elizabeth City State University?

An instructional designer can assist you in designing, developing and revising engaging and interactive online, blended, or face-to-face courses. An instructional designer from the Office of Distance Education, Center for Teaching Excellence and Videoconferencing can consult with you confidentially to discuss your course design and development needs.

Developing a quality course takes times. The typical amount of time it takes to develop a new online course is 6 to 9 months.  Elizabeth City State University subscribes to Quality Matters (QM), a program that provides guidance and best practices in designing online courses. Development of online Distance Education courses follows the Quality Matters rubric.

 Our expertise enables us to support faculty as they develop their courses, learning modules, and instructional materials. The Instructional Design Technology Specialists at ECSU are experienced educators who help faculty members implement their development and redesign projects.

 Instructional designers will assist you with course design best practices such as:

  • Integrate your course into a course management system.
  • Design or redesign a course in preparation for online delivery
  • Revise and redesign existing online courses
  • Consult on course design and structure
  • Incorporate research-based online instructional design best practices
  • Develop appropriate technology-based formative and summative assessments
  • Plan cooperative, collaborative assignments and activities
  • Choose appropriate educational technologies and develop online course materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Design an easy to navigate course
  • Test a course site for usability and functionality, including cross-browser and cross-platform testing
  • Suggestions based on current research in educational technology and online learning
  • Share specialized teaching strategies, so your online, blended or face-to-face course provides an effective teaching and learning experience
  • Support faculty during the delivery of the newly developed or redesigned course.
  • Support development of multi-media course materials (lecture capture, video tutorials, presentations, assignments, tests, etc.)
  • Support development of interactive graphics, simulations, video and audio elements.
  • Help implement strategies that increase student interaction and social presence
  • Make thoughtful use of a range of learning management system tools
  • Provide a course template

Instructional designers will also assist you with many of the beginning of the semester start-up tasks for your online courses, such as:

  • Previous semester clean-up, remove old files before copying
  • Copy course content from previous semester to current semester
  • Request your course merges
  • Provide instructional design advice on how to ensure that your course runs smoothly in Blackboard
  • Update and upload current semester syllabus
  • Update course menu and links
  • Turn off unnecessary tools.
  • Update your welcome announcement / email to students
  • Assist with publisher content integration
  • Syncing Blackboard course to your Echo360 library
  • Set up online proctoring for quizzes and exams (for online courses)
  • Update your due dates
  • Update your grade center
  • Make course available
  • Provide additional resources to further enhance your Blackboard course

When you decide to develop a new course or redesign an existing course, you're never alone. Your Instructional Designers/Instructional Technology Specialist will act as your partner, and will help you execute your vision in a way that works effectively in your teaching and learning environment.