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Instructional Designers' Lens

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Now that you have more or less set the initial design parameters of your online course, it's time to start developing the course content. All of the courses developed at UNF are delivered through the Canvas Learning Management System. Therefore, all of the content development will occur in that system, although other tools may be used as well. If you are working with an instructional designer they can help you determine what tools may work best for your particular course. CIRT has many resources to assist you in creating graphics and media in order to develop a high-quality distance-learning course.

Developing Content

The next step is to start working on the development of the following instructional materials:

  • Syllabus
  • Course Schedule
  • Activities
  • Assessments
  • Multimedia Content

Once you have most or some of the materials developed, you are ready to start uploading those materials into Canvas sandbox. Organizing your content inside of Canvas can be challenging and require a lot of time and effort. To simplify the process of adding content to a course in Canvas, CIRT has several key resources available to you. In addition to the already mentioned instructional design consultations, there is the Canvas Knowledgebase with hundreds of "How To" articles, an Online Course Template to streamline content organization inside of Canvas, and CIRT's Creative Team who can assist with the production of media.

CIRT's Canvas Knowledgebase is an excellent resource for those who need guidance for all things related to the Canvas LMS.

CIRT's Online Course Template helps to streamline your effort in developing an online course that meets national standards in formatting and pedagogy. This template has already been used to develop dozens of online courses at UNF both individually within departments and across entire online programs. This page also provides some guidelines to follow when customizing the template so that the course will still meet the specific subject-matter requirements while maintaining the underlying structure and format of the template.

CIRT's Creative Team is available to assist with the production of any educational media needed for a course. Courses that utilize educational media are more interactive for students and increase engagement with the learning material. Here is a complete list of CIRT's educational media services.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Instructors of online courses face many choices as they select the tools and media that best support their course learning objectives. As online courses are developed, instructors should incorporate appropriate design elements such as color, font, spacing, graphics, formatting, and color coding to facilitate readability while minimizing distractions for students. Instructors who incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will develop a course that will work well for all students. By adhering to UDL principles in course design at UNF, we can to ensure that courses are accessible to all learners.

For more information, visit: National Center on Universal Design for Learning

Additional information can be found on our Accessibility and UDL page.