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An Overview to Instructional Design

Perhaps you have worked with a teaching consultant on developing your online or face-to-face course. Teaching consultants can provide instructors with recommendations on how to present content effectively, how to develop appropriate assessments, and how to create measurable learning outcomes.

Have you ever tried to implement a new technology tool in your online or face-to-face course? You may have worked with an educational technologist. An educational technologist will provide you with strategies to implement technology tools to enhance learning.

An instructional designer bridges the gap between teaching consultants and educational technologists. An instructional designer can be thought of a digital pedagogy expert to provide consultations both on pedagogy and technological choices for your course.

An instructional designer works with faculty to define your course objectives, develop authentic real-world assessments for students to meet those objectives, and plan learning experiences to provide the skills needed for students to complete their assessments.

What else can an instructional designer do for you? They can provide recommendations on universal design for learning (UDL), accessibility, copyright, and academic integrity services. They will also work to help you organize your course content in a learning management system (like Ohio State’s CarmenCanvas) and to develop multimedia enriched components for your course.

An instructional designer is the “glue” to holding together a team of collaborators–a digital learning design team–that can assist you to create the best possible online course experience for students!

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In this site, you will see some of the instructional materials that faculty have created as a result of working with a team of instructional designers, educational technologists, and videographers.

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