What is Instructional Design?

“The discipline of instructional design is concerned primarily with prescribing optimal methods of instruction to bring about desired changes in student knowledge and skills.” (Reigeluth, 1983, p.4) It is a process by which instruction is improved through the analysis of needs and systematic development of learning materials. Technology and multimedia tools are often employed to enhance instruction and student engagement in the learning process.

How can an instructional designer help me?

An instructional designer can help you:

  • Apply the appropriate pedagogy for the specific learning environment for classroom, online, or blended delivery formats
  • Assist in developing learning objectives and determining how to align those objectives with appropriate assessment strategies to measure the desired learning outcomes
  • 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 Loyola University
  • Select the technology that is most suitable for the course delivery format, the type of learning and the intended audience
  • 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

Working with the Instructional Design Team

Instructional designers work much like architects, drawing up specifications and blueprints for a course before actual construction begins. Sometimes, instructional designers also assist in the construction (development) of the course and build what they design. Instructional design projects can involve the design and development of new courses or instructional units, revisions to existing courses, or the development of reusable multimedia learning objects. The HSD instructional designers will consult with faculty as subject matter experts to determine the scope of a project and the nature of the collaboration between the faculty and the instructional design team. To learn more about the services provided by the Instructional Design Team and to schedule an appointment or contact us, visit the Instructional Design Services site.

ID Team

Stacey Zurek Instructional Designer
Toni Koslow Instructional Designer
John Schneider Elearning Assistant

Contact us at IDteam-HSD@luc.edu

Visit us in SSOM 256B.