New Instructional Designer Instructions

UAF eCampus New Instructional Designer Manual

Course Design Process


UAF eCampus currently supports  Instructor-Led online courses through partnerships with on-campus departments, schools, and programs. Historically, our unit offered both online and print-based courses offered on a semester-and yearlong-basis . We contracted directly and with and paid instructors to teach classes. Print and yearlong courses have long been phased out. Contracts for teaching are now run through the department, school, or program, and assignments are part of a faculty’s workload. In the best cases, assignments for online teaching are made well in advance of the semester’s enrollment allowing for enough lead time to properly develop the course.

  1. Associate Director of Program Development initiates a dialog between a UAF Department and UAF eCampus  regarding course development details OR Courses show up on the semester  schedule as they are being prepared by departments.
  2. Once the instructor and course details have been finalized and approved by the department, a new record gets created in Airtable (DT Course Management platform).
  3. After course details get entered in airtable, the course gets assigned to Learning Design Coordinator, Heidi Olson.
  4. Learning Design Coordinator  sends an introduction letter to the instructor, explaining our processes and introducing the concept of OPEN LABS and an initial consultation. Check out our Owner’s Manual.
  5. A dialogue is then created and driven by the instructor’s request for support.  Ideally the course completion deadline is set for 2 weeks prior to a start of a semester. Realistically, course development may occur while the semester progresses.
  6. Through a series of open labs, workshops, OIT training, and consultations, course development progresses. In some cases, a specific ID or team of IDers is assigned to manage a development. As course development progresses, it is a responsibility of all the designers to update airtable with current progress. Owen, Madara and Heidi all look at this throughout the semester to check for issues or red lights (ooh shiny).
  7. For those instructors/courses that are assigned, at a minimum, IDers should be in contact with each of the course instructor once a week unless the ID is assured that work is progressing. This means either a meeting is schedule or some kind of email exchange is going on.
  8. When a course development is complete, indicate so in airtable. Copy your files/working documents to Drive in a folder you can share with the team or on Orion.

Planning a Course

First meeting between the instructor/developer and instructional designer should include a comprehensive plan for the course. The step-by-step instructions for planning the course can be found at

A folder with course development worksheets and templates that can be helpful in the planning process can be found on Orion -> Course Development Worksheets and Templates and in a shared google drive folder.

The UAF eCampus Syllabus (eSyllabus)

Purpose:  a syllabus for an asynchronous course addresses information that pertains specifically to this type of delivery.

The UAF eCampus eSyllabus is  based on  UAF Faculty Senate requirements  along with some optional categories


Desk Copies

Instructors should request their own desk copies from publishers. Designers should also request a copy for use through the development period. After the course is developed the materials can be stored up from for students use when in the office.

Course Construction

Course construction has many elements. A course template with our recommended structure can be found on Blackboard in UAF eCampus  Current Template shell (secure login with UA id required). Below are additional things to consider when constructing a course:

  • many credit hours (1, 2, 3, 4).   Below is a typical HOURLY course break out (3 credit course):
    Instruction – reading, lecture, etc. – 3 hrs
    Assignments – quizzes, tests, exercises, written assignments and self-testing – 5 hrs
    Collaboration – includes office hours, synchronous sessions and any group assignments/projects – 1 hrs
    9 hrs per week = 150 hrs per semester

Additional elements to consider include:  

Course Promotion

When meeting with the instructor, ask about the possibility of promoting the course. If there is interest, get with Marissa to develop a plan.