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Instructional Design, Pedagogy, and Universal Design

Instructional Design

Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory [pedagogy] to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs. It includes development of instructional materials and activities; and tryout and evaluation of all instruction and learner activities. (Definition courtesy of University of Michigan)

Below are a few selected resources highlighting different aspects of instructional design.


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Quality Matters
Pedagogy
Universal Design & Accessibility

Programs like Quality Matters use a rubric of course design standards and a peer-review process to evaluate online courses.

Through Rutgers does not currently have an institution-wide push for QM certification, Rutgers schools like SCI and internal organizations like OIRT and COHLIT are encouraging Rutgers faculty to learn more about and utilize the rubrics to improve online learning.

Pedagogy is defined as using the science and art of educational and instructional theory to facilitate learning.

Techniques like active learning and flipped classrooms are used to enhance the traditional classroom setting. Other areas of pedagogy include theories like constructivism and experiential learning and metacognition.

Universal design is defined as creating educational resources and coursework to take into account different learning styles and utilizes these techniques for instruction.

Accessibility, defined by the Rutgers IT Accessibility Initiative, is "ensuring equal access to information, programs, and activities", including on-site and online learning environments.

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