Relationship-Centered Instructional Design: Strategies for Authentic Collaboration with Faculty

Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Intermediate
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Instructional designers in higher education collaborate with faculty in the creation of courses and curricula. Their roles are often misperceived: instructional designers are seen as technology support specialists, course developers, trainers, visual designers, and a host of other roles or titles. This misperception can make it challenging to advocate for their value as experts in pedagogy and learning design, as well as to collaborate with faculty as equals with shared investment in the learning and well-being of our students.

In this workshop, you will learn how to put relationships at the center of design rather than product or process by integrating the Collaborative Mapping Model (CMM) into your design practice. We will explore the theoretical and practical influences on the concept of relationship-centered instructional design and the CMM—a flexible framework for collaborating with faculty—and strategies for building shared investment and professional advocacy in your work as a higher education instructional designer. The workshop culminates in a practical application: developing a collaborative course map, then reflecting on the ways you can use the strategies to positively influence the practice and perception of instructional design at your institution.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Collaborate authentically with faculty in course design, giving voice and value to both IDs and faculty through the use of the Collaborative Mapping Model

  • Advocate for the role and value of instructional designers in higher education in one’s immediate context and in the profession at large

  • Promote a culture of trust and authenticity through the practice of relationship-centered design

None, other than familiarity with the field and work of higher education instructional design


This is an asynchronous, 7-day workshop. Each day will include resources, opportunities for engagement with colleagues, and practical takeaways culminating in a reflective capstone project—creating a collaborative course map—on the final day. This is a workshop predicated on consultation and collaboration, so be ready to share and learn together!


What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • An overview of leadership, learning, and change management theories influential on the model and ID practice

  • Collaborating with peers to overcome challenges and discover solutions for common obstacles in higher education instructional design

  • Creation of collaborative course maps through a variety of free instructional tools

Who should attend?

  • Instructional designers

  • Faculty who collaborate with colleagues to design/team teach courses

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.