Instructional Design - Overview

Instructional design is a systematic planning process by which instruction is improved through analysis of learning needs and development of learning materials. The great benefits instructional design offers are that it begins with the learner, focuses on the learner experience, and engages learners in active learning with a meaningful context, thus helps create greater student achievement.
Fundamentals of instructional design include:

  • understanding your learners,
  • clearly defining course goals, objectives, and learning outcomes,
  • creating engaged activities and assignments,
  • creating rubrics and metrics to support learning objectives, and
  • using cutting-edge technology and multimedia to enhance student learning experience.

The instructional design specialist will work closely with faculty to provide a high level of instructional design and instructional technology support. Instructional design services provided by the Center for Academic and Technology Solutions include:


  • Collaborate with faculty in designing and developing online, blended, and face-to-face courses / programs.
    • Adopt the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implement, and Evaluation) model during the design process.
    • Provide suggestions on redesigning curriculum to reflect technology-rich environments and maintain currency of effective pedagogical practices.
    • Classroom observation.
  • Assist in the development of learning outcome evaluation methods.
    • Rubrics
    • Formative evaluation
    • Summative evaluation

Faculty Development Activities and Workshops

  • Workshops are offered periodically to prepare and support faculty in designing and teaching online courses. Topics focus on best online teaching practices and instructional strategies for courses design and redesign.


  • Conduct research on effective teaching practices related to online, blended, and face-to-face courses delivery.
  • Topics around effective teaching practices are shared and co-presented by the Lewis teaching faculty and the team at university-, national-, and state- level educational conferences.
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