Comprehensive Instructional Design Services


USD’s Learning Design Center (LDC) provides comprehensive instructional design services for all new and existing online course development projects. A department or individual will engage in program or course planning and discovery culminating in an approval to develop either with the Division of Professional and Continuing Education, or within departments on campus. The administrative planning and approval processes are not the purview of the LDC, but, once a course is approved, and a subject matter expert (SME) has agreed to develop it, course design can begin!

The LDC develops online courses over the duration of three 19-week development periods: Fall (August-December), Spring (December-April) and Summer (April-August). Detailed Course Development Schedules for each term are listed below. Courses that are launching in the subsequent term will be prioritized for development. For example, the LDC’s Fall 2021 development period will prioritize and produce courses that will start in Spring 2022. Please review the Course Development Schedules, noting the course content deliverable dates for each term before filling out the Course Development Request form to ensure you select the development period that works for the Subject Matter Expert and course start date. 

Course Development Request
Semester  Request Course Development Deadline to Request Development Development Schedule Course(s) Finalized Semester Starts

Fall 2022

Summer 2022 Development Request Form March 11, 2022 Summer 2022 Deliverable Schedule August 17, 2022 Sept. 6, 2022

Spring 2023

Will Open in March July 8, 2022 Fall 2022 Deliverable Schedule December 22, 2022 January 10, 2023

Summer 2022

Closed-Summer 2023 will open in July November 12, 2021 Spring 2022 Deliverable Schedule April 26, 2022 May 9, 2022

Before requesting a new course development project, it is important to confirm the course development deliverable schedule with SMEs to ensure they can meet the timeline. SMEs should commit to:

  • Completing LDC-101: Course Design for Online Course Development (required for new SMEs and SMEs returning to the process after 18+ months). Enroll in the upcoming 11/24/21 course. 
  • The deliverable timelines
  • The terms of their agreement/contract to complete the work
  • Completing LDC-102: The USD Way: Online Course Facilitation training (if they are teaching the course). Enroll in the upcoming 12/13/21 course. 

Course development is a team effort and it includes contributions from: Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Instructional Designers (IDs), Instructional Technologists (ITs), librarians, and instructional support for online teaching over the course of several weeks. SMEs serve as the primary creators and curators of course content. IDs serve as project managers and ensure that the course is designed according to best practices for online learning and meets the high-quality and academically rigorous standards for USD’s online programs.