Instructional Design Resources

CTI supports instructors in using technology to create engaging, accessible lessons for students. To make an appointment, call Vicky Savory at X2001, email Ally Sharp This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or stop by 112 Gandy Hall.

Quality Matters Support

If you are enrolled in a QM course or working on designing a course to meet QM standards, make an appointment when you need help with alignment, accessibility, or course design. CTI is your partner as create your online D2L classroom.

Course Design Support

As a subject matter expert, you know what you want your students to learn. Instructional design supports you in choosing the right technologies to help students interact with the content you are teaching. For example, you may want to use Soft Chalk to develop some interactive activities, narrate a Power Point so students can review a lesson when they are absent, or make your D2L classroom resources easy for students to navigate. To get started , contact Ally Sharp. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Computer Training

Whether you are want to learn basics of document design or want to learn advanced skills to use the computer more efficiently, we can help you improve the computer skills you need to build and maintain your classes. We can work on Microsoft Office, Soft Chalk, D2L, Camtasia, and other programs that will help you build your courses and make your curriculum accessible and engaging.

Writing Objectives

Students benefit from having clear, measurable learning objectives. When you are writing your course and module objectives, be sure to: 
    * Write your messages from a student perspective 
    * Use action verbs (here is a list of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Measurable Verbs

To meet QM standards, it is important to have program objectives, course objectives, and module objectives. We can create these together in an instructional design appointment.

Creating Accessible Content

As you are creating resources for your students, you can design with accessibility in mind. The National Center on Disability and Access to Education has one page accessibility “cheatsheets” to help anyone who is creating accessible content. 

Instructional Design for Accessibility 
PDF Conversion in Word 
Creating Accessible Electronic Content 
Identifying Web Accessibility Issues 
Captioning YouTube Videos 

CTI is available to help you create content that will be accessible to a variety of learners.

Course Elements

CTI can help you create a course that meets QM standards. As you are designing your course, contact us if you have questions or would like more detailed information about these elements:
 Measurable Objectives     
     Program objectives 
     Course objectives     
     Module Objectives 
 Welcome Letter 
     Professor Introduction 
     Overview of the course 
     Contact information 
 Start Here 
     General course overview 
     Guide of the course navigation 
     What to do first 
 Syllabus 
     Course policies, procedures, and requirements 
     Netiquette expectations 
     Student support information 
 Course Modules 
     Modules will reflect your class, but in general, there should be a module for discussion, for support, and one module per unit. 
  Course Assignment and Assessment Setup 
     CTI will help you with the D2L tools to build your course assignments and assessments. 
 Course Grade Setup 
     It is a good practice to set up your assignments and grades before the semester starts. CTI will help you with this process. 
 Course Resource Setup 
     CTI can help you find open-source and publisher-created resources to add to D2L for your course. We can also help you record videos and create content in our labs. For more information on what services we offer, go to  Computer Services or give us a call.