Our instructional designers can collaborate with you to develop face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex, and online courses. Our focus is on enhancing teaching and providing exceptional learning opportunities for a diverse community of students through the use of evidence-based practices and technology.

We also offer group and one-on-one consultations where we can focus on topics like Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, Quality Matters, instructional tools, and accessibility.

Course Development

Let us help you develop your course from start to finish—or anywhere in between!

Step 1: Plan

Where do we start?

Prior to offering your course, you will meet with members of our Instructional and Multimedia Design Team to discuss the course goals, activities, and structure following a backward design process.

During the planning process, you will: 

  1. Define and refine student outcomes.
  2. Design assessment opportunities that align with student outcomes. 
  3. Create a detailed course outline and determine the content (text, images, video, readings, learning activities) that will help students succeed on your assessments and achieve your learning outcomes. 

Throughout the process, you will work with various team members, who will each serve as a consultant on their area of expertise. 

Skill Session

Meet with experts from our instructional support staff on topics and resources tailored to your interests and needs. Examples include Creative Assessments, Backward Course Design, Student Engagement and Community Building, and more.

Universal Design for Learning

Apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to your course to lower barriers to learning and give flexibility to students in how they learn and demonstrate what they can do.

Step 2: Develop

Who does what?

Based on the planning discussions, instructors and team members begin creating the course: 

  • Instructors, as content experts, create content, assessments, and rubrics, and add these to their course. 
  • Instructional designers give feedback on learning activities, multimedia scripts, or other course content, and provide support to ensure instructors have the necessary skills to succeed. 
  • Multimedia specialists bring content to life by re-envisioning content as video or audio. 

Media Production

Connect with our digital resources that walk you through the process of creating your own videos, or consult with our media production team on ways we can help you capture instructional content or events for your course.

Canvas Module

Work with an Instructional Designer to develop a Canvas Module that creates an effective learning experience and integrates helpful Canvas tools. They’ll partner with you to build out content pages, assignments, or other activities in this initial module which you can then use as a model for creating additional course content.

Step 3: Test

Does it work?

Instructional designers guide instructors through the testing process, walk them through their completed course, and help instructors prepare the course for its first offering.

Courses are completed ahead of launch to allow time for the important work of testing course functionality and reviewing ADA compliance.

For an online course, we’ll also ensure the course meets Quality Matters standards.

Quality Matters

Use the UNCG Quality Matters (QM) checklist to review your online course before it goes live and mark which standards are met and where in your course they are being met, or let us help you review your course and provide feedback to ensure it meets the Quality Matters standards.

Accessibility Review

Use UDOIT or Canvas’ Accessibility Checker to scan your course content for common accessibility issues, or collaborate with us and, together, we’ll review your course and other instructional materials and activities to identify areas in need of accessibility accommodations. 

Step 4: Evaluate

Is it effective and up-to-date?

With each offering of the course, instructional designers can help instructors review the effectiveness of the course and its activities.

Instructors update the course content and activities after their review.

Course Reflection

We’ll discuss your goals for the review and create a sustainable review and revision process.

Course Analytics

We’ll review Course Analytics in Canvas with you to learn from trends in student behavior and performance.