Why You Need Instructional Design and Curriculum Planning for Collegiate-Level Teaching

Schools want to improve retention and student success. Students need a rigorous and practical academic program to successfully complete programs and attain employable skills. Students demand active learning and engaging experiences. To achieve these goals, instructional design and curriculum planning are essential for students and schools. While some institutions focus on nap pods, athletic programs, and dorm amenities, instructional design, and curriculum planning are critical for student success.

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Instructional Design Overview

Instructional design is a systematic approach to developing learning experiences. It involves analyzing the learning needs of students, designing and developing instructional materials, creating assessments that assess if learning objectives are met, and evaluating the effectiveness of the learning experience. Educators can use instructional design best practices to ensure that their teaching is aligned with learning objectives and that their students are engaged and motivated.

There are several models of instructional design which have similar characteristics. The essentials include:

Curriculum Planning Overview

Curriculum planning is another critical component of collegiate-level teaching. Institutions must evaluate and update existing courses, determine what new programs and courses must be developed, and strategically plan for future curricula. A well-designed curriculum ensures students acquire the necessary skills for job success, and the institution continues to attract and retain students.

Benefits of Instructional Design for Students

Effective instructional design and curriculum planning have several benefits for students. They can improve student engagement and motivation, increase student achievement, and help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Additionally, they can ensure that all students have an equitable learning experience, regardless of their background or learning style.

While student success is a focus, faculty and staff also demand professional development and pathways to advancement and success. Educators can enhance their teaching skills and expand their career opportunities by developing expertise in these areas.

Instructional design and curriculum planning are critical skills for educators at the collegiate level. These skills can improve student engagement and achievement, promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and support educators’ professional development.

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Angela Britcher

Angela Britcher is an instructional designer and content creator with The Babb Group. She is also an adjunct professor of business and communications.
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