University of Iowa

Design4Online Components
Distance and Online Education (DOE) is excited to announce, Design4Online. This comprehensive training 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 8-week hybrid course experience where faculty will interact with online pedagogy and practice. The course includes five 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  May 9, 2018.
  • DEO approval to teach a fully online course during Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or Fall 2019 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 8-week program, attend each of the face-to-face training sessions listed below and complete all assigned online activities.
D4O Kickoff Lunch Friday, September 7 12:00-1:00 pm
Session 1 – Fundamentals of Designing and Alignment Thursday, September 13 1:00-4:00 pm
Session 2 – Engagement   Thursday, September 27 1:00-4:00 pm
Session 3 – Content and Assessment Development Thursday,  October 11 1:00-4:00 pm
Session 4 – Facilitation Techniques and Evaluation Thursday,  October 25 1:00-4:00 pm
Session 5 – Community Building and Program Wrap-up Thursday, November 08 1:00-4:00 pm


Selection Process:

We will select fifteen instructors to participate. Participants will be notified of selection via email by May 17 and must confirm participation by May 31, 2018.

Applicants who are not chosen to participate in the 8-week program can still request Instructional Design Consultation Services 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 2018 Conference (November 14-16, 2018).
  • Receive leadership and mentoring opportunities through continued engagement in the Design4Online Learning Community.
  • Be invited to attend a Celebration Luncheon hosted by Distance and Online Education (December 2018).


Application Selection & timeline

Application Period Opens Application Period Closes Instructors Will be Notified Faculty Confirm Participation by:
April 9th May 21st May 25th June 8th


Click the button below to fill out a short application form. For more information about this program, please contact the Instructional Design Team at

At this time, applications are closed for Fall 2018.