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 courses over the course of three development periods: Fall, Summer and Spring. Courses that are launching in the subsequent term will be prioritized for development. For example, the LDC’s Spring 2021 development period will prioritize and produce courses that will start in Summer 2021.Please review the schedule of deliverables for each term before filling out the Course Development Request form to ensure you select the development cycle that works for the SME and course start date. 

Course Development Request Form Last Day to Request Development Course Development Schedule Course Finalized
Request Form Closed! August 14, 2020 Fall 2020 Deliverable Schedule December 18, 2020
Request Form Closed! November 1, 2020 Spring 2021 Deliverable Schedule April 27, 2021
SU21 Development Request Form March 1, 2021 Summer 2021 Deliverable Schedule August 17, 2021

Before you request a new course development project, please tentatively confirm the course development deliverable schedule with your SMEs to ensure they are able to meet the timeline. SMEs should commit to:

  • Completing LDC-101 - Course Design for Online Course Development (strongly recommended)
  • The deliverable timelines and be contracted for their work/efforts
  • Blackboard Course Facilitation Training (if they are teaching the 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.