University of Iowa

Design4Online Components
Distance and Online Education (DOE) is excited to announce the second iteration of our award winning faculty training program, Design4Online. This comprehensive program assists instructors at all experience levels in designing or redesigning online courses through the implementation of best practices and leading online pedagogy. This program will empower instructors to:
  • use data-driven and student-centered online teaching strategies,
  • design motivating course materials and media,
  • create engaging and accessible student learning experiences, and
  • align their courses with national quality assurance standards for online learning.

Design4Online includes three main components that encompass instructor learning, course development and community building.

  • Design4Online Course Experience – The Design4Online course is an 9-week hybrid course experience where faculty will interact with online pedagogy and practice. The course includes six bi-weekly face-to-face meetings where faculty members and the DOE instructional designers will address topics related to online learning strategies and challenges. These meetings are complemented by required online modules that provide content and activities that faculty will complete to implement effective online pedagogy.
  • 1-1 ID Consultations – Participants will be assigned an instructional designer who will provide individual course consultation.
  • Learning Community – Collaborate in a community of practice with faculty and designers to explore and create leading online pedagogy, practices and research

Join the instructional designers at DOE and become a part of this innovative professional community!

program requirements

  • Completion of the application form, which includes a Statement of Interest, by no later than April 19, 2019.
  • DEO approval to teach a fully online course during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 session.
  • Development of a new online course, or a substantial revision to an existing online offering.
  • Commitment to offering the course online a minimum of three times.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the 9-week program, attend each of the face-to-face training sessions listed below and complete all assigned online activities.
Program Kickoff Meeting - Program Introduction Thursday, September 5 1:00-3:30 pm
Meeting 1 – Alignment Thursday, September 12 1:00-4:30 pm
Meeting 2 – Assessment and Instructional Strategies Thursday, September 26 1:00-4:30 pm
Meeting 3 – Engagement   Thursday,  October 10 1:00-4:30 pm
Meeting 4 – Facilitation Techniques and Evaluation Thursday,  October 24 1:00-4:30 pm
Meeting 5 – Community Building and Program Wrap-up Thursday, November 07 1:00-4:30 pm


Selection Process:

We will select fifteen instructors to participate. Participants will be notified of selection via email by April 26th and must confirm participation by May 10, 2019.

We encourage all UI instructors interested in online teaching to apply. Priority will be given to instructors who plan to teach a fully online course during the 2020 academic sessions.

Applicants who are not chosen to participate in the program can still request Instructional Design Consultation Services for their online course and/or apply for future Design4Online offerings.


Upon Progam Completion:

Participants will...

  • Receive a $1000 program stipend (to be paid in full at the beginning of the month following completion of the program).
  • Gain virtual access to the Online Learning Consortium ACCELERATE 2019 Conference (November 20-22, 2019).
  • Receive leadership and mentoring opportunities through continued engagement in the Design4Online Learning Community.


Application Selection & timeline

To request one-on-one instructional design services, submit a Course Assistance Form.
Application Period Opens Application Period Closes Instructors Will be Notified Faculty Confirm Participation by:
March 15th April 19th April 26th May 10th