Instructional Design Definition and Services Offered

What is Instructional Design? Why would I need an Instructional Designer? How do I request Instructional Design assistance?

Instructional Design is a systematic process by which instructional experiences are designed and implemented.  The term instructional design is often interchanged with educational technology, curriculum design, instructional development, or instructional technology. 

Instructional Designers both assist faculty in course design and provide resources and professional development opportunities on the latest teaching methods, trends, and technologies.  Instructional Designers can also help in evaluating curriculum or programs, developing learning outcomes or competencies, and aligning assessments to course goals.  Instructional Designers are generally trained in the development of learning objectives, learning activities, assessments, evaluations, job aids, and in the integration of technology.

There are multiple processes of instructional design including ADDIE, Gagne's 9 Events, Merrill's First Principles, Dick & Carey, Chickering and Gamson, and How People Learn. 

ITS offers numerous options for Instructional Design Support as can be seen in our Service Catalog.

To request Instructional Design assistance:

  1. Review the Service Catalog for the service you need.
  2. Contact Michael Manderfeld at michael.manderfeld@mnsu.edu, or call 2773. Support requests can also be submitted online at https://servicedesk.mnscu.edu/cherwellportal/mnsu, by email at servicedesk@mnsu.edu?, by phone at (507) 389-6654 or in person at the IT Service Desk on the third floor of the Memorial Library.

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