What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is the systematic development of educational materials, workshops, tutorials, and curriculum using behavioral and cognitive theories of learning.

Our Instructional Design team can assist you or your group with all levels of the course design process. From incorporating new technology, to moving a course online, Instructional Designers are here to help.

Schedule a consultation with an Instructional Designer to get started with a plan for improving your course or your own professional development.



Instructional designers:

  • Partner with instructors in the use of online tools for teaching, with a focus on learning objectives, student interactions, and course organization.
  • Collaborate with instructors on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of courses and course materials.
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement innovative instructional technologies and practices.
  • Create materials and facilitate workshops on concepts and tools related to instructional design.
  • Encourage peer sharing, review and mentorship through technology.

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Course Design Resources for Instructors

Course Design/Revision Checklist

This checklist makes recommendations to improve course design. If you are developing a new course or revising an existing course, use this as a guide for your design process. If you have a previously completed checklist, use it as a starting point. Sections include:

• Syllabus Course
• Course Content
• Interaction and Collaboration
• Assessment
• Learner Support
• Action Plan for Revisions

Download Course Design Checklist (pdf)
Download Course Design Checklist (Word)

Instructional Designers are available to peer review your course or to help arrange a peer instructor review. 

Creative Commons License

Course Design Checklist by UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://elearning.uaf.edu/.

Understanding by Design

The Understanding by Design framework is a model for developing curriculum “backward” from the "Big Idea", to outcomes, to activities. We can help you get stated mapping out your course using this framework.

Get started with resources on UBD at iTeachU.uaf.edu where you can find a template and examples.


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