Spotlight on My Instructional-Design Services

Dear faculty,

As 2017 begins to unfold, I want to remind you of the four main ways in which you can rely on me for instructional-design assistance: curriculum, course design, course post-production in D2L, and course teaching.

But before I do that, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the tremendous job you are doing educating today’s students for tomorrow’s health professions! I know this is a very demanding job — not only from a pedagogical and subject-matter standpoint, but also given the challenges that globalization and rapid growth in scientific discovery & technology bring.

Thank you for your leadership and excellence in teaching. You are enriching the lives our students, helping them achieve their educational and professional dreams, meeting the needs of a vital workforce, helping the economy grow, contributing to our nation’s health and, to bring it back home, helping our institution confidently advance toward our vision of being a top-tier university and a destination of choice for education, heath care, discovery, creativity and innovation.

I am proud to be part of Augusta University and to have the opportunity to assist you in a number of ways. Here is an overview of my services, followed by a more in-depth look at each of the four categories. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Image 1: Instructional-Design Services

A convenient way to schedule time for us to work on these services is to use my top-of-the line online scheduling system that lets you decide what we work on and for how long, when/where/how we meet, and what we’ll achieve by the end of the meeting. If you would like to receive text-message notifications, be sure to share your cell phone number while you fill out the brief faculty intake form (your phone carrier’s standard text-message rates apply). This system also allows you to send our appointment to your Outlook or iCalendar.

Click + next to the categories below to expand them and x to collapse them.

For Your Curriculum Needs

As you create or revise curriculum, you will go through several processes with which I can assist, as shown in the menu below (click the image to enlarge it).

Image 2: Curriculum Services

There are other ways to get helped with these services on campus (e.g., curriculum committees, the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence, etc.) and you are welcome to get support as best suits your needs. The two most popular services that I offer are 3 and 4 in the margin illustration. Let’s look at them in more detail:

The course development plan (service 3) helps you map the competencies that your students need to meet to the respective instruction and learning activities/assessments. This is a great process to go through to easily determine the ideal design for your course. Having a course development plan gives you the peace of mind that your instructional alignment will remain intact as you make any changes to the course. Finally, keeping this document in your course ensures that there is continuity as you may one day hand off the course to someone else.

The syllabus (service 4) is another high-demand type of appointment.

  • If you are just developing the course, I can get you started with a syllabus template that meets nationally recognized quality standards and is branded with the Augusta University logo. The syllabus prioritizes information based on what students need to know first (who is my professor, where do we meet, what do I need to buy for this course, etc.). It also makes it easier for students to navigate this lengthy administrative document through the use of an interactive table of contents that calls out all the syllabus headings in alphabetical order. A final benefit of using this template is that students are familiar with it from their other courses and thus can move through it very efficiently.
  • If you are redesigning a course, I can help you evaluate the syllabus and identify any redundancies or gaps.

For Your Course Design Needs

As you design or redesign courses, consider my assistance as shown in the menu below (click the image to enlarge it). The two most popular services that I offer are 7, 8, and 13 in the margin illustration. Let’s look at them in more detail:

Image 3: Course DesignIf you are new to putting courses together (or would like a refresher), you may find value in an instructional-design basics appointment (service 7). During this service I can give you a glimpse into the process of constructing courses and best practices you need to keep in mind. My specialty is distance-learning courses but I can assist with any type of course.

As you build brand-new learning activities (service 8) — be they a discussion, a paper, a quiz, a rubric, etc. — I can assist you with starter verbiage and help you ensure that instructions are consistent, clear, and brief. I can also help you make certain that your learning activities are aligned with the course competencies and instruction.

Another popular service is the creation of a student orientation (service 13), explaining to students the logic employed in designing your course, how to get started with the course, and hpw to succeed in the course. This is a vital component of any course, but especially of any online course.

For Your Course Post-Production in D2L Needs

As you build or update your course in D2L, consider my assistance as shown in the menu below (click the image to enlarge it). This is the most popular category of assistance, so I’ll briefly go over each service.

Image 4: Course Post-Production in D2LIf you are new to our D2L learning management system or if you have not used it in a long time, a D2L tool overview appointment (service 15) can give you a basic gist of what you can use for your course.

As you are getting ready for a new semester, we can schedule a D2L course setup (service 16) to take absolutely all your course components and put them in D2L, from your welcome announcement to activities, content, and grades. I will ensure that all your course files are organized for easy retrieval, that components are aligned with your syllabus, and that there is a clean and easy flow to all the parts of the D2L course. Since this process entails numerous tasks, it can take quite a bit of time; schedule anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the complexity of your course. I’d err on the side of a longer appointment, just in case.

Two subsets of the D2L course setup are the post-production of activities (service 17), of content (service 18), and of grades (service 19) in which the sole focus is bringing in one of these course components.

For Your Course Teaching Needs

As you teach courses, consider my assistance as shown in the menu below (click the image to enlarge it). This is the second most popular category of assistance, with services 20, 21, and 23 being most requested. I’ll briefly go over each of these three services.

Image 5: Course TeachingIf you are new to teaching (particularly teaching online) or would like a refresher, the online teaching basics appointment (service 20) allows me to guide you through best practices and the most common teaching activities in which you might engage, particularly in teaching with D2L.

As you use D2L more and more, you’ll come across tools that you’d like explained in more detail; for that, you can schedule a “name your teaching tool” appointment (service 21). Some common questions are already answered in my D2L video tutorials which I invite you to consult as needed.

At the end of the semester, I can assist you with final grades calculations (service 23) and submitting your grades to Pounce.

I hope you find these services to be helpful. If you do not see the service that you need, reach out to me and I’ll do my best to assist you or find the best person to assist you.

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