Instructional Design

We are instructors, lifelong learners, and professionals who specialize in quality course design. We stay on top of current and emerging trends in the field of instructional design to ensure that courses that we support and follow best practices.

The Instructional Design Team primarily provides support for online graduate programs in the School of Library and Information Science, the Department of Nutrition, Department of Public Health, Department of Humanities, and the Department of Behavior Analysis.

Instructional Design Services

Please contact [email protected] if your online program or course could benefit from any of our services.

We work one-on-one with instructors to ensure that their courses are the best that they can be. We strive to make instructors’ lives easier while meeting students where they are. We make rigorous online classes engaging and enjoyable by using both new technologies and tried and tested techniques.

Common consultation topics include:

  • Examining your current course and content organization
  • Creating an online course “blueprint”
  • Moodle course site design and development
  • Brainstorming activity ideas
  • Developing a plan for an instructional design project request
  • Identifying elearning tools to meet your educational needs
  • Discussing engagement strategies for an online environment

Whether you are developing new courses or looking for a way to enhance and/or visually unify current courses, we can work at the program level to support all courses.

Our team can provide guidance with your overall course organization and visual neatness. We can provide tips and best practices to help you maintain your course.

If you have an idea for a project or elearning tool, we can discuss this to determine how we can best meet your needs and objectives.

The Resources for Online Teaching Google site is intended to be a one-stop shop for your online teaching needs. It includes resources that will answer your questions, improve your online teaching, and help you become familiar with the technology tools supported by Simmons Technology. Resources include the most current information on accessibility, best practices for teaching online, and tutorials for the tools and technologies you can use in your courses.

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