Instructional Design Center

 Second Annual eCaps (e-Campus) Awards

Nominations for the Second Annual eCaps (e-Campus) Awards have closed.

We'll see you December 1 at the Perkins Building! Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Program begins at 12 p.m.

Please RSVP by November 22 at!

Nearly 100 Faculty and Staff Have Earned the EKU Online Course Development & Teaching Certificate

Summer 16 Cohort

Nearly 100 members of the Eastern Kentucky University community have completed the EKU Online Course Development and Online Teaching Certificate program. The intensive 8-week program is sponsored by the Instructional Design Center in the Office of eCampus Learning.

Eighteen full-time, part-time and adjunct professors earned certificates in Summer 2016, bringing the total number of program graduates to 91.

The course, designed to help professors transition their in-person teaching skills into the online classroom, covers a number of topics, including the Community of Inquiry (COI) model of learning and Quality Matters (QM) assessment, as well as how to use blogs, wikis, and discussion boards more effectively. Participants learn in the same ways their future students will, with online assignments, readings, assessments and discussions. Participants also attend three required face-to-face meetings. Faculty/student engagement is strongly emphasized along with other teaching best practices for the online modality. 

“It’s so gratifying to see faculty embrace online learning and watch as strong professional relationships are made between faculty and the instructional designers throughout the course,” said Steve Dwinnells, director of the Instructional Design Center.

One of the most important aspects of the entire program is that faculty get to experience an online course as a student, which allows them to understand how self-discipline, self-pacing and time management affect students’ success.

For their final assignment, each participant creates a media project that they can or will use in an upcoming online course. Projects from previous sessions can be viewed on the Instructional Design Center’s website under “Faculty Showcase.”

Many exceptional projects were submitted in Summer 2016. For example, Aileen Jones with the College of Health Sciences created a video with formative assessments to demonstrate how to conduct a psychiatric interview.

Additional graduates from the Summer 2016 session were: Catherine Beechie,  Ann Burns, Elizabeth Crane, Stacey Korson and Donna Pitts from the College of Education; Donna Corley, Mary DeLetter; Molly McKinney, Elizabeth Rhodus and Pat Woods from the College of Health Sciences; Barbara Davis and Rebekah Waikel from the College of Science; Jessica Stanfill Hall, Melinda Murphy and Mary Tortorici and with the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; and Wanju Huang and Christy Templeton from the College of Justice and Safety.

The course dates and application for the fall offering can be found on the IDC website.

Instructional Design Services

The Office of eCampus Learning's Instructional Design Center (IDC) provides EKU eCampus faculty members with instructional support throughout the entire course creation and teaching experience for undergraduate and graduate online courses. Our mission is working with faculty members to create relevant, engaging, and interactive learning experiences for students that foster academic achievement and the development of critical thinking skills, resulting in lifelong learning. This is done by sharing instructional strategies and innovative resources that are grounded in learning theory and guided by the solid principles of instructional design practices.

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Collaborating with faculty members on an individual basis regarding the design and development of their courses;
  • Consulting with departments regarding online program design and development;
  • Providing instructional multimedia production services (see Instructional Media Services);
  • Developing and conducting workshops and professional development sessions to aid faculty in course creation and best pedagogical practices;
  • Evaluating eCampus courses to ensure stringent Quality Matters standards are met.