Instructional Design Assistance

This page contains a list of the places at Rutgers where you can access consultation and technical support for instructional design and technology. We hope this one-stop-shop helps you to navigate the many useful instructional design resources available at Rutgers. We also invite you to contact us for advice on who to contact, and read our faculty profiles to get a sense of what your colleagues here are doing.

Digital Classroom Services
The design and support of instructional technology in all general purpose classrooms is managed by Digital Classroom Services. DCS's signature technology is the Digital Classroom Podium. These have been installed in more than 100 classrooms, and counting over the past three years and they provide instructors with uniform, updated technology. DCS has a well-staffed Help Desk and an army of technical support staff that fan out across campus at a moment's notice, as well as instructional technologists who provide consultation on integrating technology into your course. DCS offers a range of training sessions on topics such as clicker technology, using Twitter in class, and video chat in the classroom. DCS offers individual training sessions on the Digital Classroom Podium and their other classroom systems, either at your classroom location or at its headquarters on the first floor of Tillett Hall. They also publish an informative newsletter.

Rutgers Learning Centers
They may be known for the range of services they offer students, but the staff at the Learning Centers also offer many kinds of support for teaching, learning, and academic programs. They provide peer leader training for students working in academic support roles. The centers also work with several academic departments to run the Learning Assistant program, which brings top undergraduates into the classroom to assist with active and project-based learning. These students, and the knowledge they have gained and are gaining in LC-run pedagogy courses, have helped instructors teach their courses in ways that would have otherwise been impossible.

Center for Online & Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, Office of Instructional Design
The resources at the Center for Online & Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies' Office of Instructional Design tend to be geared towards its two eponymous course modes but also offers some resources that instructors of entirely face-to-face courses will also find useful, including but not limited to instructional video technologies. COHLIT also provides resources on virtual worlds and promotes a community of practice among members of the Rutgers community. Their online blog has posts on the topic.

Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research
The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research provides many resources for faculty development and the support of teaching. It offers workshops and consultation on pedagogy, course design, and curriculum design. Special workshops are offered on instructional technology, including Photoshop, Sakai, eBooks, Podcasting, and Lecture Capture. CTAAR also provides resources and assistance in the use and development of assessment of teaching and learning.

Office of Instructional and Research Technology
In addition to supporting Sakai, the Office of Instructional and Research Technology also has a team of instructional designers and technologists that are available for consultation on course design and technology integration. OIRT offers information on various techniques and technologies, software site licensing, and more. They are also a go-to for research computing.

Rutgers Libraries
The libraries have a dedicated instructional design staff that partners with faculty and instructors to adapt assignments, design activities, and assess outcomes, with a particular focus on data, research, and information literacy. The staff also works with departments to scaffold these skills across a curriculum.