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Program Overview

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. This award winning faculty training 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.

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.
  • Learning Community – Collaborate in a community of practice with faculty and designers to explore leading online pedagogy, practices, and research.

Key Dates and Details

Design4Online applications are accepted in the spring (March-April).  Fifteen instructors are selected to participate in each fall cohort. Accepted instructors are notified by email and asked to confirm their participation soon after (April-May). We encourage all Iowa instructors interested in online teaching to apply. Priority is given to instructors who plan to teach a fully online course during the upcoming academic sessions. Applicants not chosen to participate in the program can request Instructional Design Consultation Services for their online course and/or apply for future Design4Online offerings. To request one-on-one instructional design services, submit a Course Assistance Form.

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 complete all assigned online activities.

Program Rewards

Upon program completion, participants:

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