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Course Design / Instructional Design

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Instructional design and content organization

Instructional design is a systematic process to develop instruction that begins by analyzing learner needs and ends with evaluating success. OIT’s instructional designers will recommend thoughtful methods for developing instruction to help with student engagement and retention of information.

Online syllabus design

A quality syllabus can help guide your students though the course. When teaching in the online environment, a detailed syllabus will help your students understand learning requirements and should reduce the number of questions you’ll need to answer.

Student engagement

What are your students doing in class? Are they listening to lectures, practicing techniques, or meeting in small group? Education has been transitioning from a faculty lecture-based classroom to a student-engaged classroom. We can consult with you on strategies to get your students talking, writing, and working together utilizing the right tools for your classroom. OIT supports a variety of instructionally-sound tools from discussion boards to Google-based peer assessment.

Flipped and hybrid course design

Flipped classrooms reverse the course structure, where video lectures or other course materials are viewed outside the classroom and class sessions are devoted to student activities The hybrid course model significantly reduces the student, in-class seat time and supplements with online activities and assignments.


OIT can work with you to learn simple strategies for making your course content accessible from the learning management system, to adding captions to your videos, to using proper header in your Word and PowerPoint materials.
Learn more about creating accessible learning materials

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.
Learn more about Universal Design for Learning

Mobile learning

Mobile learning uses portable computing devices (such as iPads, laptops, tablet PCs, PDAs, and smart phones) with wireless networks to enable mobility and mobile learning, allowing teaching and learning to extend to spaces beyond the traditional classroom. OIT can help with ideas to actively engage your students in your classroom with personal response systems or mobile devices.

Assessment strategies

Assessment techniques can vary within traditional and online learning environments. We can help you explore various methods for assessing student learning through building quality rubrics, creating web-based quizzes, utilizing online testing strategies, managing e-portfolios, implementing project-based assignments, and even constructing online peer-to-peer evaluation methods.