Carolyn Wide

Instructional Design Services

What is Instructional Design?



Simply speaking, instructional design is a systematic and continuous process, deeply rooted in learning principles and pedagogy and 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.

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Our Services

We provide 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 strategiesfaculty 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.


Our Instructional Designers


The IDs are responsible for advising faculty on the application of the Montclair State Instructional Design model during the course development process. They are also responsible for a variety of technical aspects of course development. The ITDS Team is comprised of Instructional Designers, Professional Technology Trainers, Instructional Technology Specialists and Instructional Technology Assistants.

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Developing Your Course

As you develop a face to face, hybrid, or online course, consider the instructional design, training, and support available to you at Montclair State. Instructional designers are available to help you navigate the resources available that may enhance your course development and teaching. Furthermore, we offer workshops and one on one support in course design and the use of instructional technologies.


When and How to Get Instructional Design Support

If you are planning to teach or assigned a face to face, hybrid or online course(s) in a coming semester and would like instructional design assistance, please submit a consultation request or contact our team. We recommend that you contact us at least the semester before the start date of your course. Due to the ratio between the instructional design support staff and faculty, planning ahead will allow us to assist you more efficiently.


Please contact us if you would like further assistance: or 973-655-5449.