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Instructional Design

At CTE, we base our course designs on nationally recognized best practices, sound student-centric frameworks and feedback from teachers and students.

CTE's Instructional Design team can help you plan, develop and improve your face-to-face, online, blended or flipped course. The team offers one-on-one consultations and workshops to all who teach at USC. 

Our instructional design team can assist you in:

  • Designing detailed and organized syllabi.
  • Developing course outcomes and objectives for your students.
  • Creating easy-to-navigate and accessible courses.
  • Incorporating multiple methods to check student learning.

Whether starting a course from scratch, enhancing a current course or moving a course to online instruction, we can help. 

Technology for Teaching

From Blackboard to instructional technologies, our instructional designers can help you choose the best tools to support your course objectives and activities. 

Whether you need a lot of help with technology or just a hand with the details, we will collaborate with you to identify the instructional technologies that support your teaching style, and enhance the learning experience for your students. 

Let us help you steer clear of frustrations and technical pitfalls, and free you to concentrate on what you do best—teach your course.  

Building Online and Blended Courses

If you’re considering teaching online — either in a fully online, blended, or hybrid format — you’ve come to the right resource. If you’re already teaching online and want recommendations on taking it to the next level, we’re here for you too!  

CTE’s instructional designers are available to help you in the planning and development process. Many of the decisions affecting the success of a course take place well before the first day of class. We utilize a backward design model to walk you through this process where we start with what you want your students to learn by the time they’re through with your course. 

To consult with a member of our instructional design team or learn more about our instructional design services, Schedule an Instructional Design Consultation.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.