For your students and you, instructional design is an integrated, organized method for creating successful learning opportunities. These sections include information as well as videos and links to help you better understand how to design a potent, motivating syllabus and course.
Fundamentals of instructional design include knowing who your students are and what background they bring, clearly defining goals and objectives that lead to learning, sequencing your course for maximum learning, creating appropriate, engaging assignments and in-class learning activities, evaluating learning in formative, meaningful ways, and using technology (including Blackboard) to enhance and enrich the learning experience.
Elements of Instructional Design
Explore the the following pages which cover key elements of instructional design as well as provide resources:
Instructional Design :: Resources
Take 5 for Teaching Video: 5 Pathways to Better Course Sequencing
About the above video:Sequencing content is one step in designing a successful course. Join Ireta Ekstrom as she describes and gives examples for five methods of sequencing content to ensure that your course has the best sequence for ensuring maximum student learning.
Take 5 for Teaching Video: Time On Task
About the above video: According to Chickering and Gamson, increasing students’ engagement in a course increases learning (“time plus energy equals learning”). In this video, Ireta Ekstrom discusses methods of increasing students’ time in course materials as well as methods of decreasing time spent in non-academic course tasks.
Take 5 for Teaching Video: Active Learning In Classrooms
About the above video: Active learning (the third element in Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education)
is clearly explained in this five minute video, including specific strategies for incorporating this important concept into your courses.
Take 5 for Teaching Video: Encouraging Active Learning
About the above video: We’ve all heard that student engagement is a key ingredient for improving a student’s retention of information. Join Ireta Ekstrom as she discusses five methods of using technology to free up class time and give you and your students an opportunity for discussion and active learning.