Epic ID: An Escape Room Instructional Design Challenge

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

Are you ready to tackle the next great Instructional Design Challenge? Join us in this Escape Room Interaction to gain new ideas of how to apply project management strategies and critical thinking skills to develop high quality courses amidst epic obstacles! Collaboration, Creativity and Communication is highly encouraged.


Heidi Schroeder is currently a Learning Designer III at the University of South Florida. In this position she collaborates with faculty to design, develop, and review online courses. Heidi participated in the ID2ID Professional Mentorship program offered through Educause and Penn State during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. She collaborated with a colleague at Macomb Community College to research and develop a set of best practices for Project Management in Instructional Design and regularly facilitates the Project Management for Instructional Designers workshop through the Online Learning Consortium. Heidi is a certified Master Reviewer and Online APPQMR and IYOC workshop facilitator through Quality Matters. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and served as a pre-conference speaker for the 2019 Quality Matters Connect conference. She is a member of the leadership team for the University of South Florida Learning Design Group – a Professional Development Community of approximately fifty Instructional Design Professionals at USF. She also initiated the Learning Design Group Book Club. Heidi developed a two-phased Faculty Professional Development online teaching certification process and currently facilitates both parts of the certification series. She teaches Student Life Skills and Education Courses as an Adjunct Instructor at USF and has been recognized as an 'Incredi-bull Critical Thinking' Faculty member. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Wheaton College and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Systems with a focus on Open and Distance Learning from Florida State University.

Extended Abstract

2020 has been a year of epic challenges and obstacles that sometimes felt insurmountable. At the University of South Florida, we have been developing and improving our instructional design and project management processes for years and were ready (sort of…was anyone truly ready?) to meet these challenges! In this interactive event, we will introduce the repeatable processes we use to design and develop online courses in collaboration with our faculty subject matter experts. We will present instructional design challenges and discuss the application of instructional design and project management strategies to guide in making student centered decisions for effective and efficient course design and development.

Upon successful completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to instructional design challenges
  • Identify project management strategies for course design, development and Faculty to Instructional Designer communication.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to improve current instructional design processes. 

Workshop presenters include Heidi Schroeder, a Senior Instructional Designer for USF Innovative Education, and two faculty who have partnered with Heidi to develop quality online courses. Dr. Michelle Arnold, an Assistant Professor in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, developed online courses during a full semester course development cycle. Dr. Vanessa Marasco, Instructor in the College of Education, partnered to develop two online courses during the short 6-week Covid-19 summer course development cycle. Escape Room Challenges will be derived from real-world obstacles that these teams navigated, and follow-up discussion will include both the Instructional Design and Faculty perspectives.

We will challenge you to create or refine strategies that will allow you to successfully navigate instructional design challenges – both during the Escape Room Interaction and beyond!