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What is instructional design?Some people view instructional design as the “science” of instruction because it follows a set of theories and methods. Some people view instructional design as an “art” because it is directly related to the creativity and talent of the designers. To put it in a simple way, instructional design is a process by which instruction is improved through analysis of learning needs and development of learning materials. Instructional designers often use technology and multimedia as tools to enhance instruction. The goal of instructional design is to make learning more effective, efficient and less difficult for learners.
What can the instructional designer provide in course development?The instructional designer is responsible for coordinating and carrying out different aspects of the instructional design process. The instructional designer can help you 1) create clear and good objectives that can be understood and mastered by the target learners; 2) create learning objects based on the target learners, the instructional or training topics and the available resources; 3) design learning activities that facilitate learning, 4) design assessment that aligns with the learning objectives, 5) find resources to facilitate and enhance your instruction; 6) integrate technology into your teaching; and 7) provide you current research on instructional technology and instructional design. What Can CTELT staff provide in course development?In addition to what the instructional designer can provide, CTELT staff can also create a variety of media for you, including digital images, graphics, animations, audios, videos, DVDs, CDs, and more. You can view some samples in the Learning Objects Showcase. How do I get started with online course development?If you would like to explore the technological and pedagogical possibility of developing a new course or adapting an on-campus course to an online course, you can contact Director of Instructional Design and Course Support in the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies (CTELT) at 785-628-4194. If you want to know the course need for an academic program, you need to discuss with your department Chair. If you want to know whether you will be paid and how much you will be paid for developing or re-developing an online course, you can contact Director of the Virtual College at 785-628-4291.What resources can I use on my syllabus for my students?CTELT staff has compiled resources that are directly related to students’ learning at FHSU into a web page, including academic services, technical support, and student services. You can add the following URL to your syllabus or your Blackboard course shell: http://www.fhsu.edu/ctelt/services/Student-Help-Resources/How to upload my syllabus to FHSU on-line syllabus site?Go to the following web site to submit your syllabus: http://bigcat.fhsu.edu/syllabus/faculty (PDF Preferred)What is the general timeline for online course development?Based on the current university policy, the faculty course developers must have a course development proposal approved by the Chair, the Dean and the Graduate Dean if it carries a graduate credit, and Director of the Virtual College at least two semesters in advance before the initial offer time. One semester is for developing the course, and the other semester is for the faculty course developer, the department Chair, and the CTELT course development support team to review the course for quality assurance. For more detailed information about course development proposal submission deadlines, you can contact the Faculty Services Coordinator in the Virtual College at 785-628-4291. What is the quality assurance process for the online course development?Based on the Quality Matters peer course review rubric, the FHSU Quality Matters training team, CTELT staff and a number of faculty members have developed a local standard that include the essential standards of the Quality Matters rubric. According to the current university policy, all online courses developed through the Virtual College contract, including new courses, re-developed courses, and self-developed courses, will be reviewed by the faculty course developer, the department Chair, and the CTELT course development support team. The course will not be released for offering and stipend payment until the quality assurance review process is completed. The goal of the quality assurance process is to ensure providing effective and engaging online courses for all FHSU online learners. Who is the contact person for my online course development contract and course development stipend payment?The Faculty Services Coordinator in the Virtual College (785-628-4291).
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