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Instructional Design

The Academic Technology team is committed to supporting all faculty members in improving teaching excellence and student learning. If you want to teach someone to make tea, you can simply list the different steps to effectively communicate the process. However, that approach won't engage learners in a way that helps them internalize the information. Wouldn't it be more fun and effective to reframe those steps into an activity that encourages learners to explore tea-making and learn from their missteps? That's where Instructional Design (ID) comes in. ID focuses on the learner's experience: creating courses that align the competencies and learning objectives, are well-organized, easy-to-navigate, accessible, stimulating, and true-to-life courses.

Quality Matters (QM)

Quality Matters is a non-profit quality assurance organization helping institutions across the world deliver on their online promise. EFSC became a QM member in the fall of 2018 as part of the Florida state consortium agreement. Our goal is to infuse the highly regarded QM standards into all of our online courses via professional development and course reviews. See our Quality Matters page for more info!

Active Learning

The concept behind active learning is that it involves direct engagement by students in activities designed to make them think, develop meaningful skills and enhance their enjoyment of the classes they attend. Visit the Active Learning Strategies page in the AcTec section of myCETL for some ideas you can use in your classes to make them more interactive both online and face-to-face!

Course Design in Canvas

A Master Course is a turnkey course that contains content created by a development team consisting of a faculty developer & content matter expert (CME), an instructional designer (ID), an accessibility expert (SAIL) and 2 Quality Matters (QM) certified peer course reviewers (PCRs).

Instructors using a Master Course can be assured that the content meets all QM standards and has been fully vetted for accessibility and compliance with Section 508 standards. Visit the accessibility page for more detailed information.

Visit the Master Courses page for a list of available master courses!


Curriculum plays an integral role in the course design process. The standard for curriculum design at EFSC is Performance-Based Learning (PBL). Measurable course competencies and learning objectives serve as the core foundation from which all of the content, learning activities, and assessments in the course are driven. Learn more about Performance-Based Learning

Curriculum is developed or revised by a faculty member and must obtain approval through the Curriculum Development Committee (CDC) and Academic Council (AC). Faculty can consult with an instructional designer as necessary. Visit the CDC curriculum process web page for more information.

Course Plans containing the competencies and learning objectives for every EFSC course can be found in the Electronic Course Plan Repository (eCPR).

We offer curriculum and instructional design consultations to all faculty. Contact us today for assistance with your courses!

Cherylan Bacheller
Instructional Designer
Palm Bay Campus, Building 2, Room 226

Lascelles (LJ) Lee
Instructional Support Specialist
Cocoa Campus, Building 20, Room 214A

AcTec offers a number of workshops for faculty to actively explore curriculum and course design concepts. 

View our list of Course Design Workshops and Webinars and check out our AcTec Training Calendar for current offerings.