Instructional Design

aie-instructional-designInstructional 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.


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  • 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.

  • Course Design Checklist

    Course Design Checklist

    The Course Design 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

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

    Course Design Checklist by UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License and is based on a work at UAF's eLearning & Distance Education.

    Download Course Design Checklist (pdf)
  • Understanding by Design

    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 started mapping out your course using this framework.


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

Contact an Instructional Designer

Call 907.786.4496 to make an appointment with an instructional designer for consulation and guidance.

Academic Innovations & eLearning

UAA/APU Consortium Library, 215 | 3211 Providence Drive | Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 786-4496 | | Mon–Fri, 8a–5p 

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