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What to expect from the design process

The mission of Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) Instructional Design is to support faculty in the development of user-friendly learning environments that:

  • Promote student learning through application of evidenced-based learning theory
  • Support faculty and student efficiencies
  • Respect diverse cultures, talents, and ways of learning
  • Foster belonging and connection in a variety of contexts
    • Technological
    • Pedagogical
    • Architectural
    • Interpersonal
  • Ensure compliance with all legal requirements, including ADA and copyright as relates to delivery of educational materials

To this end, Instructional Designers support faculty in the development of courses and activities that:

  • Acknowledge prior learning and experience and address misconceptions
  • Situate learning in real-world authentic contexts and/or engage students in solving real-world authentic problems
  • Incorporate active learning strategies, including creation of multi-media objects and development of media rich course spaces that engage student learners
  • Apply cognitive load theory to facilitate optimal learning potential
  • Clearly articulate to students:
    • Central concepts for course & processes/skills to go with the concepts
    • Learning Objectives
    • High Expectations and learner feedback
    • Alignment between course goals, objectives, activities, and assessments
  • Foster the learning process through:
    • Demonstration of new knowledge to learners
    • Application of new knowledge by learners
    • Integration of knowledge into the learner’s world
    • Facilitation of the metacognitive processes
  • Implement appropriate assessments, measuring performance and ensuring academic integrity
  • Utilize academic technology tools to foster achievement of learning goals and faculty efficiency