The Institute’s philosophy is that following a well-defined instructional design, development, and implementation process is absolutely essential to ensuring high quality course offerings. At the same time, we recognize that having an inflexible process can adversely impact course design. Accordingly, our process can be customized as needed to meet particular needs while also providing us a mechanism to effectively communicate and coordinate production activities.
The process aims to achieve two primary goals:
- Delineate and communicate tasks and associated time expectations for completing said tasks, and
- Collect all of the documentation required to sustain ongoing delivery for the College.
At the highest level, our process is broken down into two discrete processes: 1) activities associated with the design and development of course materials, and 2) activities associated with the delivery of courses.
The design and development process itself breaks down into five discrete phases: Design Specification, Instructional Design, Prototype Development, Production, and Quality Assurance Review. Each phase has unique deliverables associated with it, which together document and communicate various aspects of the course in a consistent, reliable manner.
The delivery process breaks down into three steps: a pilot offering, a post-pilot offering, and a mature offering. Each of the steps builds on one another, allowing us to “ramp up“ a course with quality controls constantly in view. In addition, working through the steps sequentially, provide a mechanism for the design team to develop appropriate course delivery guides, ultimately creating a sustainable course.