Congratulations, Fall 2022 Design4Online program participants!
Check back in early Spring to apply for the next faculty development cohort.

Design4Online is a comprehensive program that assists instructors at all experience levels in designing or redesigning online courses through the implementation of best practices and leading online pedagogy.

Faculty Development Program

This award-winning program offered by Distance and Online Education empowers instructors to:

  • Create student-centered online learning environments.
  • Design engaging course materials and media.
  • Explore strategies to build instructor presence.
  • Align courses with national quality assurance standards for online learning.

Program Components

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

  • Design4Online Course Experience – The Design4Online course is an 8-week online course experience where faculty interact with online pedagogy and practice. The course includes weekly zoom meetings where faculty members and the DOE instructional designers address topics related to online learning strategies and challenges. The 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 consultations to facilitate ongoing course development.
  • Community of Practice – Engage in a collaborative community of practice with faculty and designers to explore leading online pedagogy, practices, and research.

Join the instructional designers at DOE and become a part of this innovative professional community! Watch this quick video to see what prior participants have to say about their D4O experience.

Program Requirements

Requirements for acceptance in the Design4Online program include:

  • Completion of an application form, which includes a Statement of Interest.
  • DEO approval to teach a fully online course in the upcoming academic year.
  • Development of a new online course, or revision to an existing online offering.
  • Commitment to offering the developed course online a minimum of three times.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the 8-week program, to attend each of the virtual (zoom) training sessions, and to complete all assigned online activities.
Week 1 – Online Orientation Tuesday, September 13 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 2 – Begin with Learning Objectives Tuesday, September 20 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 3 – Online Instructional Strategies Tuesday, September 27 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 4 – Assessment Approaches Tuesday, October 04 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 5 – Mapping your ICON Course Tuesday, October 11 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 6 – Digital Media in Online Courses Tuesday, October 18 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 7 – Inclusive Mindset in Online Education Tuesday, October 25 1:00-2:30 pm
Week 8 – D4O Project Presentations Tuesday, November 01 1:00-2:30 pm


Program Rewards

Upon program completion, participants:

  • Receive a $1000 taxable program stipend (paid in full following program completion).
  • Receive leadership and mentoring opportunities through continued engagement in the Design4Online Community of Practice.
  • Collaborate with an instructional designer to complete the development of your online course.

Application Process and Timeline

Fifteen instructors are selected to participate in each fall cohort. Participants are notified of selection and confirm participation by email.

All Iowa instructors interested in online teaching may apply. Priority is given to instructors who plan to teach a fully online course during the upcoming academic sessions. Applicants who are not chosen to participate in the 8-week program can still request Instructional Design Consultation Services for their online course and/or apply for future Design4Online offerings.

Application Period Opens

Application Period Closes

Instructors Will be Notified

Faculty Confirm Participation by:

March 21st April 15th April 29th May 16th


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