Whether you’re seeking advice on technology-supported teaching strategies, designing an assignment, or planning an in-person, online, or blended course, we’re here for you!
To get started, request a consultation or contact the Learning Innovations & Design Desk online.
What we offer
- Course design consultations: Work with an instructional designer to develop a course that meets your learning goals and engages your students.
- Help with designing digital assignments: Collaborate with Libraries and campus partners to create innovative digital assignments and projects that enhance your students’ learning.
- Learning experiences for faculty: Participate in campus-wide workshops, fellowships, and other opportunities, or partner with us to design professional development for your department.
- Curriculum development at a program level: Work with instructional designers to explore curriculum mapping, align your curriculum with program-level goals, and implement teaching and learning with intentional selection of pedagogy and technology.
Self-paced professional learning
Take advantage of self-paced online offerings that can help you finetune and strengthen your skills and pedagogy as an instructor to increase engagement and learning.
What is Instructional Design?
Instructional Design is the science and practice of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining conditions that facilitate learning. Instructional Designers consult and collaborate with subject matter experts to co-build the learning experience for diverse learners through creating assignments, courses, and curricula as well as optimizing learning environments to achieve learning outcomes. Learn more about this academic discipline and instructional design practices at Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) publications and books like Principles of Instructional Design, Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology and Design for Learning.
Our instructional designers are committed to building an engaging and inclusive learning environment at JMU by consulting with instructors and programs on instructional design (ID) for courses, curricula, and learning initiatives.
As instructional designers, our practices are informed by learning sciences, systems thinking, and pedagogy-driven community building. Centering equity, accessibility, and inclusion, we support instruction, learning, and scholarly work by providing instructional design solutions to enhance and sustain learners’ success. Our work simultaneously holds space to explore evidence-based emerging teaching and learning trends, tools, and methods while centering an ethic of care and a learner-centered experience.
Other support for teaching at JMU
JMU Libraries works in collaboration with other offices on campus to offer you a wide variety of resources to support your teaching.
- Educational Technology Services for Faculty from JMU Libraries, including media production support, multimedia equipment, and specialized software.
- The Center for Faculty Innovation offers teaching consultations and more.
- The Office of Disability Services offers an Accessible Media and Technology program and other resources and services.
- The JMU Communication Center (part of the Learning Centers) offers faculty support and resources.
Expert advice & how-to guides:
- Teach with Canvas at JMU
- Teach with Zoom at JMU
- Open and Affordable Course Materials Guide
- Teach an online, hybrid, or hyflex course
- Incorporate best practices in your online teaching
- Record and share lectures online
- Learn about our multimedia software and equipment for your teaching
- Learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT in Teaching and Learning
Request a consultation to let us know how we can support you and your department with your instructional design needs.