Instructional Design Summit - Part 2: The Instructional Designer's Dilemma: How Can I Maximize Time and Efforts with Faculty and SMEs?

Concurrent Session 4

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Join us for a conversation with panelists sharing their stories, strategies, successes, and failures with faculty and SMEs through the instructional design process. 



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.
Currently work as an instructional designer working with faculty to develop online, blended, and technology enhanced courses.
Stephanie is an experienced eLearning innovator with more than 18 years of experience in higher education. She holds graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction and adult education and training. She has taught online at the community college and university levels in the areas of instructional design, instructional technology, and college success strategies. For more than 15 years she has worked in an area of eLearning in higher education. She is also the co-author of the textbook Life During College: The Online Learner's Guide to Success. Stephanie lives in Arizona with her family.
Dylan Barth is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Learning and a Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Dylan provides strategic vision and oversight for professional development, research and publications, and the Quality Scorecard Suite at OLC. He has 20+ years of experience teaching in higher education and 12+ years working in faculty and instructional development. Dylan holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on masculinities in contemporary post-apocalyptic fiction.
Laura leads the team of instructional design consultants that work primarily with the College of Business & Economics, the College of Engineering, and the College of Innovation & Design at Boise State University. She provides assistance with the design, development, and revision of online courses while advocating for effective and innovative delivery of courses to online students. She facilitates formal faculty development opportunities related to online teaching and learning. Prior to becoming an instructional designer, Laura acquired several years of teaching experience in Idaho and held a variety of administrative positions in student life. Laura holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education, which she received through a hybrid online and on-campus program from University of Phoenix, Boise. She holds two certificates from the Online Learning Consortium in online teaching and instructional design and the Lamar University Advanced Graduate Certificate in Online Education.

Extended Abstract

Whether you are a one-person instructional design shop or a large unit, we all face the same dilemma in our work: how do we maximize the time we have with faculty and SMEs for course development? In this session, panelists will share their stories and strategies guided by three big questions.

  1. What were some processes that failed that helped you reimagine your work?
  2. How do you develop trust and build effective working relationships with SMEs?
  3. For instructional design units that are 1-person or few-people units, what suggestions do you have for maximizing time, energy, resources, efficiencies when the demand is high but the resources are low?

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify pitfalls to avoid in the instructional design process
  • Maximize time, energy and resources through efficiencies and systems
  • Leverage instructor/SME passion for students and subject matter to success with the course design