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Online Learning & Instructional Design

The Department of Online Learning and Instructional Design (OLID) was created to support all RFUMS faculty teaching online with the design and development of 100% online courses. Our goal is to help develop courses that are not only appealing but also engaging and effective for student learning. We use the Quality Matters™ rubric to ensure that all of the online courses meet the 43 QM standards and align with student learning outcomes.

What do we do?

We help faculty with all or just part of their online course design.  

Our services include:

  • Partnering with SMEs, program directors and faculty as part of a design team to design and develop online courses

Examples of the services offered by OLID:

  • Design and develop a new online course offering
  • Help write learning objectives
  • Develop a syllabus
  • Assessment strategies to meet learning outcomes
  • Move an existing face-to-face course online
  • Upload content of an online course to the ADA template
  • Conduct faculty development workshops related to online course design, development, and facilitation
  • Conduct Quality Matters™ course reviews and assisting with the development course quality improvement plans 
  • Faculty Development
    • Online New Faculty Orientation
    • Quality Matters™
    • Other faculty development
  • Technology support as it relates to online learning
    • Brightspace (D2L) - Course design, mapping objectives, quizzes, gradebook, etc. 
    • ExamSoft: Develop assessments 
    • Camtasia Studio - How to use, and basic system functions 
    • MediaFire - Storage of course related materials 
    • Google Apps for educational purposes 

The Instructional Design Process

The instructional design process may take several hours to several months to complete depending on the complexity of the course and the design services requested. New courses as well as major course revisions will need to go through the QM™ quality check prior to release. Ideally, to allow for any revisions resulting from the quality review, we would like to complete both the course design and quality review one month prior to the start date of the course.  New course offerings may take a minimum of four months or longer.

New courses will be developed using the Understanding by Design (UbD™), or backwards design framework.  The process starts when faculty contact us either by phone, email or by completing the Online Instructional Design Services Request Form.  

The Online Instructional Designer will set up an initial consultation with the faculty member and his/her team and develop a project timeline (this may not be required for minor course revisions). 

Note: OLID uses a standard ADA template for all of our designs.

We invite faculty to meet with us to discuss their online instructional service needs.

Meet the OLID Team

Bruce Sowers

Bruce Sowers, PhD, EdS

Associate Vice President, Online Learning and Instructional Design

Ronald Herbig

Ronald Herbig, MA

Instructional Designer, Instructor

Quentin Conkle

Quentin Conkle, MS

Online Instructional Designer, Instructor

Isabella Burrage

Isabella Burrage, MLIS

Instructional Designer, Lecturer