What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is the analysis of learning needs and the systematic development of instruction. Instructional Designers assist in reviewing instructional goals and in developing high quality learning experiences. Typically, a subject matter expert (faculty or staff) collaborates with an instructional designer who utilizes their understanding of educational best practices and instructional technology to suggest pedagogically sound course design.

Examples of Instructional Design Services include:

  • Developing a new course or redesigning an existing course
  • Integrating appropriate technology and learning tools into instruction
  • Reviewing and writing learning objectives and instructional goals
  • Evaluating options for instructional delivery
  • Developing a variety of assessments and rubrics
  • Exploring engaging student activities and assignments
  • Creating learning objects and instructional materials aligned to objectives
  • Providing a new, objective perspective through classroom observation and feedback
  • Addressing multiple intelligences, special needs, and changing learning preferences
  • Utilizing course management system sites to improve students’ learning experiences
  • Developing blended/hybrid instruction or online courses

Scheduling an Appointment

If you would like to get assistance with instructional design, have an idea for a project, or have questions about how we can assist you, contact itech@plu.edu. Staff will be in touch to schedule an appointment for you to meet one-on-one with the instructional designer.

Instructional Designer Dana Bodewes

Dana Bodewes, Instructional Designer

“…if we teach today as we
taught yesterday, we rob our

children of tomorrow.”

- John Dewey

Schedule a Consultation


To schedule a consultation, click the button below to create a Help Desk ticket. Use the Request Type “Instructional Technologies / One-on-one Consults.”