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CILT Instructional Design Support
The Center has a team of Instructional Designers (ID's) to help instructors design, develop and teach courses - whether the course is taught online, in a classroom, or somewhere in between. If instructors have any questions or concerns about a course, ID's are available in person, over the phone, by email, or through web-conferencing tools.
Elizabeth Becker, Sr. Instructional Designer, 777-2737 or elizabeth.becker@UND.edu
Naomi Hanson, Instructional Designer, 777-3448 or naomi.hanson@UND.edu
Kristi Swartz, Instructional Designer, 777-6403 or kristi.swartz@UND.edu
Austin Winger, Instructional Designer, 777-0843 or austin.winger@UND.edu
What is Instructional Design?
Instructional designers have specialized knowledge of important aspects of teaching and learning, including:
- learning theories and practices,
- student engagement strategies, and
- effective integration of technological tools both in the classroom and in online environments.
Instructional multimedia designers are skilled in helping instructors develop interactive and graphical tools for their courses.
Instructional Design is a discipline that pulls key theories and practices from the areas of Education, Psychology, and Communication. An instructional designer does not need to be an expert in a specific subject area in order to help discover the best methods for teaching a course. Instructional designers are trained to work with subject matter experts (that's the instructor!). Instructors provide the content knowledge, and designers provide the advice, tools and best practices.
Think of an instructional designer as a personal teaching consultant. Our instructional designers are happy to answer any questions and help solve any issues regarding online or on-campus courses. Please do understand that an instructional designer will not "push" the use of a tool or activity simply for the sake of using technology. They are here to help determine what will appropriately and effectively meet pedagogical needs. If a tool does not work effectively for a course, the instructional designer will suggest alternatives.
The Summer Institute of Linguistics is an intensive summer program with visiting instructors from around the world: