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Instructional Design

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)

What is instructional design?

Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the analysis of learning needs and goals at each stage of the course development process, and the creation of delivery systems to meet those needs. It includes the development of instructional materials and activities; quality assurance practices, and the evaluation of instruction and learner activities.

As Peter D. DeBois observed in a 2005 Educause article, ("Leadership in Instructional Technology and Design: An Interview"): "Just as technology-enhanced teaching and learning has evolved over the last 50 or so years - from overhead projectors and reading machines to PowerPoint presentations, discipline specific simulations, and Web-based databases - so has support for instructional technology evolved at our institutions."

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

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