ERIC Number: ED452887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
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Why Every College Needs an Instructional Designer To Support Faculty Innovation.
King, Heidi; Octavio, Karla Frizler; Vigallon, Scott
This paper describes the role of a college instructional designer (ID), asserting that every college needs one. The field of instructional design has become especially important since the introduction of technology into the educational system. These individuals are knowledgeable about using technology to enhance teaching and learning. IDs help faculty meet the needs of students by suggesting the use of the most effective tools, resources, and strategies available. Colleges would do well to employ IDs for two important reasons: faculty need ongoing support to understand the growing realm of teaching methods and strategies, and students need to have a well-equipped teacher who can teach in the information age. The California Community College Academic Senate recommends the inclusion of IDs in the educational staff to help faculty create new courses or adapt old ones. IDs can suggest teaching strategies and techniques that faculty may not be aware of, can make recommendations on how to deliver course materials, activities or lessons, and can assist faculty with the actual development of their teaching materials. They can also bring their technologies of choice into the classroom and evaluate the effectiveness of a lesson or activity. This document concludes with information on how to create an ID position and use it as part of a team approach. (CJW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
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