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Instructional Design

Instructional design is the systematic process used to design, develop, and deliver instructional materials. The terms instructional design, curriculum design, and instructional systems design are often used interchangeably. An instructional designer is someone who applies a systematic methodology founded in research and based on instructional theory to design and create content for learning.

What Does Instructional Design Look Like at St. John’s?

The St. John’s University Office of Online Learning and Services instructional design team is here to help faculty members design or redesign hybrid and online courses. The instructional designers support faculty in their desire to grow as instructors and explore instructional technologies to enhance teaching and learning. 

The ADDIE model is the design framework instructional designers here at St. John’s use to ensure that our students enjoy the best online learning experience possible.

Analyze – Design – Develop – Implement – Evaluate

Our Services Include the Following:

  • Hybrid and online course design and development
  • Individual and group consultations
  • Presentations and workshops on educational theories, resources, and topics relating to online and hybrid teaching
  • Development of instructional materials and activities
  • Evaluate and aid in the use of emerging technologies for instruction
  • New online program development
  • Existing course or program enhancement and revision
  • Department-specific workshops and presentations

Individual Consultations

Collaboration is the cornerstone of what we do at St. John’s. The instructional designers work in partnership with faculty to assist them in achieving their desired instructional objectives.  Together, we will assess student and faculty needs, determine instructional goals, and select teaching methods, resources, and assessments that will best facilitate learning.

Individual consultations can be provided on a one-time or continuing basis as needed.  Effective and engaging teaching is the primary focus of consultations.

To arrange an individual consultation, contact:

Paul Desmarais
Associate Director
Office of Online Learning and Services

Academic Integrity

As technology does its part to reshape the parameters and definitions of academic integrity, it is critical to remain committed to academic integrity while also mining the vast contributions technology has made to higher education. In today’s world, students can enter a keyword into any search engine and pull up hundreds, if not thousands, of sources with a huge range of relative value. This de facto environment of the “collective intelligence” requires a renewed vigilance and renewed commitment to academic integrity that takes the realities of today’s technologies into account. To learn more about academic integrity in online learning, visit our academic integrity page.

Quality Assurance Support

St. John’s University follows the national trend of growth in online teaching and learning. As hybrid and online offerings at St. John’s increase, it is critical that we define quality online teaching and learning. To support this trend, the Office of Online Learning and Services offers a number of initiatives and resources to support quality in our hybrid and online courses.

Learn more about quality assurance efforts at St. John’s, please visit our quality assurance page.

SJU Policies

Instructional Designers’ Contact Information

Paul Desmarais
Associate Director
Online Learning and Services
St. Augustine Hall, 408D

Tara King
Instructional Designer
Online Learning and Services
St. Augustine Hall, 408C

Yi Zhang
Instructional Designer
Online Learning and Services
St. Augustine Hall, 408L