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. The courses are developed during the term preceding their start dates. For example, the LDC’s Fall 2021 development period will produce courses that will start in Spring 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
SP21 Development Request Form December 10, 2020 Spring 2021 Deliverable Schedule April 27, 2021
SU21 Development Request Form April 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 SME’s to ensure they are able to meet the timeline. SME’s should commit to:

  • Completing LDC201 - 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.

Contact LDCSupport@sandiego.edu to get started working with us today.