Course Duration: 44h total across multiple parts

Tuesdays, Sept 10 through November 19, 12:30-4:30pm, Rose Library or online

Institute Designer and Instructors

Juhong Christie Liu, JMU Libraries Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) team, and other JMU Collaborators


As the latest digital learning status reported by Online Learning Consortium and Babson Research Group, more than 30% of students in higher education took at least one course in online learning environments in Fall 2016 (Seaman, Allen, & Seaman, 2018). Availed technologies and emerging student-centered online pedagogy make it possible to engage learning online without the boundaries of brick and mortar and facilitate a broad spectrum of learning needs. The extended learning opportunities through online environments also provide arenas for faculty members to expand their academic impact and longevity of teaching with unique subject matter expertise. Like translating a teaching method into a different language with fluency, these can only be fulfilled effectively through preparation with understanding and appreciation of learning theories and instructional design principles, practice of innovative pedagogy, selection of technology for informed integration, acquiring skillsets of using technologies, and partnering with a network of experienced scholars and practitioners.

This institute will offer a curriculum to understand the principles of instructional design, to acquire or renew pedagogy that can lead to interactivity and presence in online learning environments, to develop skillsets of using technologies, and to co-develop practical teaching methods based on focused one-on-one analysis of instructional content, learning activities, and assessment of each course. With an accepted course design proposal that is supported by the department, an instructor will dedicate 40 hours of design and development with the guidance, consultation, mentoring, and media production support to create a prototype of about 80% of the proposed course that can be transferrable for the complete course and other courses.

Date and Time

Face-to-face or online meetings on the following Tuesdays between 12:30-4:30pm are expected:

9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 (Media Production Day), 11/12, 11/19


Apply by August 16 to reserve a seat to transform your teaching talent to online or blended learning environments:


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