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About Instructional Design at Roger Williams University

What is instructional design and what does the ID team do for the University?   As far as explaining the field of Instructional Design, Curtis L. Broderick, author of Instructional Systems Design: What It's All About defines the field this way:

"Instructional Design is the art and science of creating an instructional environment and materials that will bring the learner from the state of not  knowing, not feeling or not being able to accomplish certain tasks to the state of knowing, feeling and being able to accomplish those tasks. Instructional Design is based on theoretical and practical research in the areas of cognition, educational psychology, and problem solving."

The ID team contains both Instructional designers and instructional technologists. These two types of positions are similar in job role and function. Both are higher education professionals who have been trained to apply the principles of instructional design to student learning and then evaluate the appropriate technologies and solutions to facilitate specific learning outcomes.

The Instructional Design team consults with faculty to create engaging, interactive, and instructionally sound programs. Team members work with you to find the appropriate technologies required for your course goals and then support you and your students in using the technologies. In order to do this, the team researchs and experiments with the latest technologies as well as the best practices and instructional strategies for using these tools within education. The ID team also develops and delivers workshops on teaching through technology and facilitate Institutes and special events driven by Academic Affairs initiatives for faculty wanting to learn more about course redesign and instructional technology.

An instructional designer can help you:

  • Apply the appropriate pedagogy for the specific learning environment whether classroom, online, or blended
  • Assist in developing learning objectives and determining how to align those objectives with appropriate assessment strategies to measure the desired learning outcomes
  • Assist in the implementation of e-portfolios to provide course, program or individual student learning assessment
  • Relate effective ways of motivating and engaging students in activities designed for learning
  • Increase student collaboration through the use of online communications tools and group activities
  • Become familiar with some of the technology tools currently available at RWU
  • Select the technolog(ies)  most suitable for the type of learning and course delivery
  • Adapt instructional materials created for one format to another such as translating classroom instruction to online learning
  • Design and create multimedia or other supplements to support learning