Instructional Design and Course Design

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.

Teaching and Learning with Technology
The Teaching and Learning with Technology team focuses on online and hybrid courses, but its resources may also be of interest to instructors in entirely face-to-face courses. TLT oversees multiple learning management systems across Rutgers, including technical support and training in utilizing LMS features. TLT employs a staff of instructional designers who work with individual instructors and lead workshops. TLT media services include assistance with video recording and editing and podcast creation. You can also inquire with TLT about their work on immersive design and virtual worlds. Check the TLT blog for the latest news.

Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research
The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research provides resources for faculty development and the support of teaching, including offering consulting to individual instructors. It offers online materials on pedagogy, course design, curriculum design, and assessment. Workshops are offered on desktop and presentation technology. CTAAR also oversees the Student Instructional Ratings (SIRS) that are completed by students each semester.

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.