Ready for Takeoff? Don’t Forget Your Tool Kit – Successful Onboarding of Instructional Designers and Faculty

Concurrent Session 5
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Brief Abstract

Need to introduce instructional design and all the resources that your team can offer? Learn how the University of Arizona developed an I.D. and Faculty Tool Kit that blends orientation with a touch of professional development to onboard new team members and introduce faculty to the course design process and resources available to them.


Asst. Director for instructional design in support of the University of Arizona's fully online campus. Oversees the general education academy and UA Online's instructional design team. Currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. Areas of research interest include instructor presence and its impact of a sense of community and student success in online learning.
Josie serves as an instructional designer for the University of Arizona's Office of Digital Learning, focusing on the development of online STEM courses. Before joining ODL, she spent seven years teaching high school chemistry, biology and physical science, and worked in plant genetics laboratories. She is passionate about learning and especially interested in facilitating online education that is relevant, engaging, and enhances critical thinking skills. Josie has a BS in Biology and an MA in Teaching & Teacher Education with an emphasis in science from the University of Arizona.
Janet Smith serves as an Instructional Designer leading quality assurance initiatives at the University of Arizona with the Office of Digital Learning. She manages a multitiered and collaborative quality assurance process to ensure that courses developed for UA Online are designed for student success and engagement. Janet works with partners across campus to integrate best practices around course design, copyright, UDL, and accessibility into the instructional design process and leads the Quality Matters program for the university. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, her master's degree in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Northern Arizona University, and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. In her free time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and practicing and teaching yoga.

Extended Abstract

This session will demonstrate how the Office of Digital Learning at the University of Arizona addressed a series of needs to educate new team members, faculty, and other support personnel on the course design process for UA Online. Leveraging the University’s LMS, I.D. and Faculty Tool Kits were created to flip the design process. This new tool engages participants and opens the doors for much deeper course development. We will also discuss next steps as we think about the future use and expansion into a faculty community where best practices and new ideas can be exchanged seamlessly. Our goal is demonstrate how with a little time collecting and organizing your resources and applying design principles to their presentation you can create a richer and deeper course design experience for your faculty and ultimately your learners.