We are often asked “What is instructional design?” Simply speaking, instructional design is a systematic and continuous process which is deeply rooted in learning principles/theories and is supported by educational technology to develop the most effective and efficient learning experience for students. Instructional design processes and methodologies can be applied to any subject or discipline across any educational delivery mode, such as face-to-face, hybrid and purely online. The instructional design process is a team-oriented collaboration, which includes faculty as subject-matter experts, Instructional Designers and multimedia specialists, as needed.
Our services include support for Canvas, our learning management system, training and workshops in a wide range of instructional technologies, as well as resources on course design, pedagogical strategies, faculty development, instructional design consultation and accessibility for instructional materials. Our goal is to assist and guide faculty on how to start the course design and development process and introduce best pedagogical practices and the effective use of technologies in teaching and learning. ITDS also serves as a foundational resource for online and hybrid course development and teaching practice at Montclair State University.