Instructional Design and Technology

Office Hours 

Office hours are offered on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10AM—12PM, and Mondays and Thursdays 1-3PM, via Teams, or in-person by appointment. Office hours are staffed by Instructional Designers, experts in online learning who work with you to develop student-centered courses that are effective, engaging, and accessible. 

We can help you: 

  • Answer general questions about online course development
  • Review the structure and functionality of D2L
  • Apply design templates to your course site
  • Design assessments that promote academic integrity
  • Write meaningful and measurable learning outcomes
  • Align learning outcomes to content, materials, and assessments
  • Match technology to your learning outcomes
  • Develop a course map
  • Promote instructor presence and student engagement
  • Implement Universal Design for Learning principles
Your Partners in Online Course Creation and Iteration

The Instructional Design team applies research, theory, and best practices in online education to help our faculty create courses that are learner-driven, innovative, and academically rigorous.  

We provide hands-on online course development, continuous improvement, instructional technology, and multimedia production consultation to anyone teaching courses with an asynchronous component, via any modality (online, hybrid, face-to-face). For more information and resources related to the course development process, please visit our Getting Started page. 

We also offer continuous improvement support and the Quality Matters program for existing courses across the university. If you are interested in working with us, please submit a Course Design Inquiry Form. 

Course Design 

Instructional design is the process of analyzing the learning needs of the students to create courses that are effective and engaging. Our Instructional Designers and Technologists can work with you to plan your course, develop your assessment tools, choose the appropriate technologies and media, and refine teaching methods and strategies.  

Our team utilizes an assortment of tools to create learning opportunities that establish students as active agents in their own learning. Our team is well versed in many tools that can adapt and personalize learning for students and can provide you with meaningful data on their usage, success rates, and content mastery. We also can help you use this data to make more informed interaction and engagement choices. 

If you’d like to speak with an Instructional Designer about your course and the services available to you, join us during our weekly Instructional Design Office Hours in Rohrbach Library Room 6: Mon, Weds, Fri 10-12; and Mon and Thurs 1-3, or submit a Course Design Inquiry Form. 

Continuous Improvement & Quality Matters 

The initial course design process is just the beginning of your online teaching journey, and our support for you doesn’t end once the first cohort of students have taken their final exam. Course development is an iterative process that recognizes that there is always room for improvement and innovation. Our continuous improvement process was designed to provide support and guidance as you reflect on your course experience and make iterations for the next term. 

Our continuous Improvement process is focused on the nationally-recognized Quality Matters program, a set of standards that serve as a national benchmark for online course design, and the principles of universal design for learning. KU is a member of QM, and we are committed to providing excellence in online education by helping you design courses that meet and exceed the Quality Matters standards. To learn more about the services we offer related to QM, visit our workshops page.