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Instructional Design

What is instructional design?

Instructional design is the use of learning and instructional theory to facilitate the best possible learning experiences which meet educational outcomes. Through analysis of learning needs and goals at each stage of the course development process, an instructional design team works to create courses where students and instructors reach their educational goals.

A Team Approach to Instructional Design

"The designer's role is to craft a learning experience so that you can achieve an outcome, and the technologist's job is to create the environment for that to happen in." (Lawrence Ragan, Director of Instructional Design/Development at the Pennsylvania State University)

The instructional design team at Tacoma Community College centers around the instructor working to design a course. Our team is made up of the instructional designer, instructional technologists, multimedia specialists, instructors, and reviewers. Design work is centered on the student and the learning transformations we want to foster during the educational experience.

What services are available?

  • Course Development and Design
  • Creating and sustaining online and face-to-face learning communities
  • Designing for teacher presence and social presence
  • Designing for engaged participation
  • Integrating technology across the curriculum
  • Digital ethnography
  • Storyboarding and design thinking
  • Connectivism and open resources
  • UDL and assessment for student learning
  • Facilitating collaboration
  • Moving courses from face-to-face to full-online and hybrid online formats
  • Training in instructional technology for the face-to-face and online classroom
  • Multimedia development consultations
  • Quality assurance reviews of courses or course materials
  • Implementing blogs, wikis, and social networking into your courses

For more information, contact:

Quill West
Instructional Designer
Tacoma Community College
253.460.3936

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