Instructional Design and Online Standards
Concurrent Session 4
We discuss how standards can help improve online instructional design in order to optimize student learning. An autoethnographic study analyzes QM standards in light of using them to design online instruction.
This session explains how instructional design applies to online teaching and learning. These practices and models are codified into online instructional design standards that provide research-based criteria that can be used to measure the degree to which such instructional designs meet those standards – and can serve as guidelines of factors to consider when designing online instruction. A literature review found that some standards focus specifically on instructional design, while others also address design delivery and their effectiveness in facilitating learning. An autoethnographic study analyzed QM standards in light of using them to design online instruction; process details are shared. The study concluded that more rigorous and detailed standards are needed, especially in terms of measuring learning outcomes. Furthermore, more standards need to address the conditions for effective instructional design: instructor expertise, student online readiness, institutional resources and support, infrastructure, and evaluation. Especially when considering learner-centered online education, the notion of standards themselves may need deeper scrutiny.
The presenter will provide a couple of instructional design standards and discussion prompts for inspiration, and attendees in small groups will reflect on how those standards might inform or impact their instructional design. The groups will report out their ideas, with a synthesis ending the session.