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Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional Design

The Office of Digital Learning provides support for faculty and staff via workshops, consultations, and online resources.

When designing an online, on-site, or blended experience, you’ll want to think about how to best design for the target audience and environment. Instructional design is a systematic process and methodology of designing, developing and delivering instructional materials to align with learning objectives and outcomes.

Individual and department-focused workshops are available that blend effective teaching strategies with technology tools. Contact Kelly Roark at or 312.567.3051.

Teaching Online

Is teaching online different than teaching face-to-face or blended?

Yes. There are different audiences (remote and face-to-face students), each with different sets of needs. There are different modes of teaching - in a classroom and in virtual space, that each require a different set of faculty skills.

Recommendations for Illinois Tech faculty to teach online remote students

  • Attend & participate in OLC Workshop, New to Online: Getting Started at least 1 semester before an online course is scheduled to be taught.
  • Completion of OLC Certificate of Online Teaching
  • Attend a training session or otherwise demonstrate mastery of Blackboard Learn environment.
  • Attend a training session on Blackboard Collaborate, the web-conferencing tool.

Teaching Tools

The Office of Digital Learning supports a wide range of technology for both online and face-to-face teaching. Some of the tools supported include the following:


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.