We recommend a student-centered, goal-oriented and integrated approach to instructional design. A student-centered approach does not necessarily involve a single method, but orients course design and teaching strategy to a wider learning context. The starting point is to develop course goals by reflecting on what your students will know and be able to do upon completion of your course (and beyond). The role of the instructor is not simply to impart and clarify content, but to guide students towards developing skills and greater expertise. An integrated approach to course design ensures that all elements of the course are aligned: learning activities are designed to help students achieve course level goals, and the criteria used to evaluate student work align with knowledge and skills that students demonstrate through their participation in learning activities.
In this context, the use of technology involves selecting the tools and related practices that best align with learning objectives, learning activities, and assessment.
Resources Fink, L. Dee. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. Jossey-Bass, 2013.
The Office of eLearning provides faculty and staff support for Quality Matters, a research-based initiative aimed at improving student learning experiences in online programs and courses.