The Instructional Design team within the METC is a group of professionals trained in the process by which instruction is improved through the analysis of learning needs and systematic development of learning materials and implementation of technology and multimedia as tools to enhance instruction and engage the learner. Instructional design involves the process of identifying the skills, knowledge, information and attitude gaps of a targeted audience and creating, selecting or suggesting learning experiences that close this gap, based on instructional theory and best practices from the field. The Instructional Design team offices are located on the 9th floor of the Armour Academic Building within the McCormick Educational Technology Center.
Develop Online Courses and Training Programs for RUMC
Developing an online course is significantly different from preparing to teach a face-to-face course, both pedagogically and technologically. Each course that is created after the Course Schedule Request is submitted to the Office of the Registrar and indicates “Yes” for Web course only or Web component. The instructional designers will be the point of contact to help faculty develop his or her course materials, to receive training on educational technology , to troubleshoot issues, and make updates, for as long as the course is offered online.
Provide Support for Online Teaching and Learning
Faculty who are facilitating or teaching online courses can receive individual consultation with an instructional designer to review and suggest improvements to RULearning (Blackboard) courses. This can include use of educational technology and assessment tools. The review is done from the faculty point of view along with the student point of view.
RULearning (Blackboard) Help for Faculty, Students and Staff
RULearning (Blackboard) is RUMC’s academic learning management system platform. Instructors use Blackboard to post and distribute course content such as syllabi and handouts, to communicate with students via announcements and email messages, to assess student learning through quizzes and online assignments, and much more.