Working in new teaching environments, such as the World Wide Web or interactive, two-way video conferencing (ITV), may have you wondering "what works best?" It's a great time to rethink your courses, search for instructional partners, and determine how to integrate available technologies and resources, matching them to your course content, learning objectives, and student needs.
The instructional design process we use in our planning and consulting with faculty can be summarized in five steps: (1) analyzing, (2) designing, (3) developing, (4) implementing, and, (5) evaluating. Instructional design has been defined as "an organized procedure that includes the steps of analyzing learner needs, designing content to fill the gap of knowledge, skills, or problem-solving abilities, developing modules and lesson plans, implementing the course using a variety of technologies and learning strategies, and evaluating course design and student performance during and after instruction. (Adapted from Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 31).
Seek advice for instructional design, program development, learning assessment, and program or course evaluation one-on-one, in small groups, or in department teams. Email Center for Teaching and Learning to begin.
Consult the resources below for support with course design, teaching strategies, and assessment.
Design, Development and Management
Distance Education Instructional Design
Web-based modules from Distance Education Instructional Design Project, Universities of Florida, Idaho State, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and UMSL. Topics: Learners, Teaching Methods, Technologies, Technology Development at Universities, Assessment and Evaluation, Program Management
Instructional Design for Technology-based Education
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Planning for Hybrid and Blended Courses
Overview of blended course development, including examples of design and teaching strategies. (Requires Windows Media Player). Video, 12 minutes
Engaging Learners with Technology
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Instructional Strategies for Online Courses
Illinois Online Network
Indiana State University
Instructional Technology and Teaching Online
Indiana University Northwest
Teaching strategies for online collaborative team work. (Requires Windows Media Player). Video, 16 minutes
Evaluation of Online Teaching and Learning
Online Mid-semester Feedback
Enroll your UMSL courses each semester; valuable for early feedback and for being responsive to students (online or face to face)
Quality Online Course Initiative Rubric
Review the critical components of online course development using the rubric from Illinois Online Network. QOCI is being used for the pilot of an Online Peer Review system at UMSL
Teaching, Learning and Technology Group
The TLT Group focuses on teaching and learning and strives to suggest appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology. An UMSL site license allows access to additional resources. Contact CTL or Faculty Resource Center for access information
Resources for Teaching Evaluation
University of North Dakota, Office of Instructional Development