An Instructional Designer’s Story of Designing Gender and Sexuality Courses
Stories are the most efficient way of storing, retrieving, and conveying information. This chapter tells the story of an instructional designer’s efforts to design an engaging, effective, and high-quality online program for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The designer created a unique pathway for design success for this program that can be mirrored by other designers. This pathway was created by integrating all the principles of story into the design process. This pathway involves five phases that result in the production of the course story. The five phases are review what has already been done, create a pedagogical framework, capture the student experience, create a seamless course by utilizing a team, and create the story of the course.
KeywordsInstructional design Story Gender and sexuality Online programs Genderful pedagogical framework
I wish to thank the core team of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (Molly Merryman, Suzanne Holt, and Lauren Vachon) for their support in acknowledging the expertise an instructional designer can provide in both online course design and in online program development. I am also grateful to Deb Huntsman, Val Kelly, and Bethany Simunich of Kent State University’s Office of Continuing and Distance Education in providing me the opportunity to work on this unique program.
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