Instructional Designers have backgrounds in education and course design. They work with faculty to design, develop, and evaluate courses. Below are some specific ways that Instructional Designers can help you to be successful in your course design and implementation.

  1. Co-creating course and module objectives / student learning goals
    As the subject matter expert, you have an idea of what you want students to learn in your course and what you want your students to be able to do when they leave your course. Instructional Designers (IDs) can work with you to fine-tune those ideas into measurable learning objectives.
  2. Collaborate on course mapping and planning
    After establishing your objectives, IDs can help you to map out or outline the structure of your course and the activities needed to meet those goals/objectives. Throughout the course planning and development, IDs can help the project to stay on track.
  3. Promote consistency in course design
    Consistent course design and navigation helps to make the technology fade into the background and the content be the focus. IDs can provide assistance in creating a course that has design consistency within the course with ease of navigation consistent with other online courses at UAB.
  4. Brainstorm content delivery and assessment ideas for your course
    One size does not fit all. IDs can help you to find ways to share content and assess student learning that are appropriate for your course content. This may involve using ideas that they have seen in other courses, new ideas found through research, or new technologies. IDs can also work with you to refine how to assess student work with clear guidelines and rubrics.
  5. Share instructional experiences from other courses
    Working with faculty and courses in a variety of disciplines, IDs are able to provide instructional strategies as well as overcome or avoid design challenges. They can provide insight on strategies, tools, or settings to consider and how activities have been implemented successfully.
  6. Suggest tools and tricks to make your life easier
    IDs have advanced skills in using Canvas as well as external tools. They can provide some shortcuts and tips to help you to work more efficiently. They can also provide information on how newly adopted technologies can be used.
  7. Review design and instructions from the student perspective
    YOU know what you meant when you wrote those instructions. However, the students may not. An ID can review your course and ask questions to help you to clarify instructions and other information before students gain access to the course.
  8. Assist in making course content more accessible for students
    All students should be able to access the content in your course. IDs can assist in making content that is accessible and adheres to Section 508 and ADA regulations through the use of captions on audio/video, alt tags on images, headers in documents and content pages, contrast in colors, and other universal design concepts.
  9. Review for course with Quality Matters standards
    The UAB IDs have a lot of experience using Quality Matters Rubric to inform course design and in reviewing other courses. Whether they helped with the course design or not, IDs can review your course using the Quality Matters Rubric and provide feedback on how to improve course design.
  10. Partner on research and presentations
    IDs are interested in quality and effective education. They can be great partners for research or presentations on teaching strategies, technology used for teaching, course design, and other aspects of education.