« Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. »
— Steve Jobs
As an online instructor, you may find yourself involved in numerous roles related to online course design. Whether you are responsible for the conversion or adaptation of a traditional course for online delivery, assigned to teach courses that were previously designed and developed by others, or relied on for content expertise as a member of a design and development team, your understanding of the online course design process is crucial to the development of an effective learning environment for future students.
Online course design requires a wide range of skills and tools. It is important to manage both the design, with a focus on learning objectives, and the technical aspects. The goal is to create an effective course that prepares students for success in more advanced topics to come and to give them the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals.
This article provides an overview of the field of instructional design and technology, a look at the typical process of an online course design project, guidelines for faculty subject matter experts (SME), as well as resources for further reading and research.