What is Instructional Design?
Instructional Design begins with course planning and continues through the delivery of lessons, student assessments and grading, and the practice of course evaluation and revision. This process is continuous and can start at any stage.
What is an Instructional Designer?
Instructional designers and instructional technologists are similar in job role and function. Both are education professionals who have been trained to apply the principles of instructional design to student learning and then evaluate the appropriate technologies and solutions to facilitate specific learning outcomes.
What do Instructional Designers do in the FCTL?
Instructional designers in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning consult with faculty and other members of the instructional community to create engaging, interactive, and instructionally sound programs. Instructional designers work with faculty to find the appropriate technology required for their course goals and then support them in how to best use the technology in their teaching. In order to do this, instructional designers research and regularly try out the latest technologies as well as the best practices and instructional strategies for using these tools within education. The instructional designers in the Faculty Center also develop and deliver workshops on teaching through technology and facilitate the Digital Professor Academy for faculty wanting to learn more about course redesign and instructional technology.
How can an Instructional Designer help me?
An instructional designer can help you:
- Apply the appropriate pedagogy for the specific learning environment whether classroom, online, or blended
- Assist in developing learning objectives and determining how to align those objectives with appropriate assessment strategies to measure the desired learning outcomes
- Relate effective ways of motivating and engaging students in activities designed for learning
- Increase student collaboration through the use of online communications tools and group activities
- Become familiar with some of the technology tools currently available at Missouri State University
- Select the technology that is most suitable for the type of learning and course delivery
- Adapt instructional materials created for one format to another such as translating classroom instruction to online learning
- Design and create multimedia or other supplements to support learning
The instructional designers in the FCTL are available to assist you with course redesign, learning about new technologies, or the teaching process from beginning to end. Instructional design services are available in group settings or on a one-on-one consultation basis. Please feel free to contact one of the instructional designers or email: InstructionalDesign@MissouriState.edu.
Jo Ann Mattson