tips, books or sites about college instructional designer

Dec 30, 2014

Hello Everyone!

I am starting my first permanent job as an instructional designer at a community college next Monday.  The college uses

Blackboard for its LMS.  I am looking for ANY tips , books, sites, or suggestions that you can give me about being an instructional designer at a college or university. I appreciate any info. That you can give me.

Thank you!!



7 Replies
Allison LaMotte

Hi Sharron!

Have you checked out our E-learning 101 articles? If not, that would probably be a good place to get started. There are is a ton of information on a variety of topics surrounding e-learning, so you'll likely find what you're looking for. While they are not specifically for a university environment, but the basic principles can really be applied anywhere.

Hope that is helpful!



Adele Sommers

Sharron, I recently posted this discovery in another thread about the "Most Popular Free Online Courses For eLearning Professionals." Some of the courses on the linked page are designed by universities for developing online learning. They might have helpful information of the type you are seeking on developing courseware in university environments.

For example, one course by Georgia Tech "includes 6 weeks of instruction, focused on the fundamentals of eLearning. After completing the free online course, you will have an in depth understanding of how to transform traditional courses, specifically those that involve face-to-face instruction, into interactive online courses."

I hope you enjoy your new position!


Ashley Chiasson

Congratulations on the new gig, Sharon! What is your previous background? That would certainly help as a baseline for recommendations. 

Blackboard LMS is a good platform, one of my favourite LMS' of the post-secondary institutions, so you're in good hands there. 

What type of ID capacity will you be working in? For example, my work as an ID at a local university is primarily project management - keeping faculty members on track because the institutions requires them to do the actual course development. Is this a similar situation for you? Or will you be doing more development work?

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