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Instructional Design/e-Learning

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is the process of planning, building, implementing and evaluating a course based on educational standards and theory. Instructional designers work with faculty to write clear objectives, design effective assignments and accessible materials, choose appropriate course technology and create online learning communities.

Instructional Design Work Flow

  1. Write measurable course objectives
  2. Brainstorm potential learning activities aligned to objectives and assessments
  3. Choose an effective organizational structures (lesson, module, unit, etc)
  4. Formulate assessment strategies (exams, PBL, case studies, collaboration, etc).
  5. Request a Blackboard course site
  6. Survey technology that may be appropriate for meeting course goals
  7. Collect research supporting various instructional strategies
  8. Construct a robust syllabus
  9. Manage development of online courses through consultations and on-demand technical assistance
  1. Make course documents accessible
  2. Adapt materials for mobile devices
  3. Scan documents (and watch for Copyright!)
  4. Upload media files for online courses
  5. Configure learning modules
  6. Create interactive, online course presentations
  7. Compose technical documentation for students using course technology
  8. Develop Blackboard tests and assignments
  9. Liaison with the library to secure course reserves or other learning resources for online students.
  10. Enhance source material with images, video, material or animation
  11. Organize your Blackboard grade center
  12. Liaison with campus media services to create video for courses
  1. Perform usability testing for online course
  2. Review entire course and provide feedback using validated online learning standards
  3. Edit materials for clarity, consistency and grammar
  4. Syllabus review
  5. Provide additional verbage for course content or syllabus
  6. Assess course for accessibility
  1. Grade center management
  2. Solve productivity problems like:
    • managing student e-mails/questions
    • managing discussion boards
    • establishing a grading workflow
  3. Train faculty on campus educational technology (Clickers, Lecture Capture, Blackboard, Sakai, Collaborate)
  4. Troubleshoot course technology
  1. Usability testing for digital materials
  2. Quality Course Peer Review
  3. Proofreading
  4. Accessibility auditing
  5. Align course objectives, resources and assessments
  1. Provides custom workshops or presentations
  2. Communicates with faculty about new and relevant information for teaching with technology
  3. Guest Lectures for classes using technologies
  4. Guest Lectures for classes examining new media
  5. Creates training materials for faculty development
  6. Promotes excellent instructors in HES
  7. Liaisons with ET@MO, Mizzou Online, Disability Services, MU Libraries, HES IT
  8. Works with faculty and ET@MO staff on papers or research projects related to teaching and learning with technology

About Briana Johnson

Briana comes to the College of Human Environmental Sciences and ET@MO from Columbia College Online. During her time with Columbia College she spent more than 2 years designing and developing online courses. She is experienced in teaming with faculty to develop new courses and reimagine existing courses or assignments. She also has over 2 years of experience training new instructors and assisting existing faculty with technology and pedagogical issues. She has a deep commitment to ADA accessibility, plain language writings, rubric and assignment creation, and faculty development. She continues to teach for the Evening Campus of Columbia College.

For instructional design assistance, contact Briana by email at or by phone at (573) 882-1473.