1st Edition

High-Impact Design for Online Courses Blueprinting Quality Digital Learning in Eight Practical Steps

    306 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    High-Impact Design for Online Courses introduces higher education professionals to an eight-step course design model, HIDOC, that leverages the unique considerations of online and hybrid modalities at each stage in the process. Though relevant to and informed by instructional designers and educational technologists, this book is specifically geared toward faculty who lack the administrative and technical supports they need to thrive in the new normal. Each chapter includes step-by-step guidance on learner analysis, course structure, appropriate activities and assessments, continuous improvement, and other key elements of a successful digital course. Teachers across disciplines and levels of experience will come away newly inspired and motivated with fresh insights into planning and drafting, practical tips for pedagogy and design, opportunities for self-reflection and course revision, and implications for learner-centered delivery.

    Section I - Designing Your Course with HIDOC 1. Learner Analysis 2. Learning Outcomes 3. Course Structure 4. Assessments & Activities 5. Instructional Materials 6. Technology & Tools 7. Online Learner Support 8. Continuous Improvement 9. Bonus Chapter - Design Execution 10. Design Doc Library Section II – HIDOC in Action: Course Design Cases 11. Case Studies


    Bethany Simunich, Ph.D., is currently Vice President of Innovation and Research at Quality Matters, an educational non-profit dedicated to quality online learning. In her 20+ year career in higher education, she’s served in faculty, instructional designer, faculty development, researcher, and administrative roles.

    Andrea Gregg, Ph.D., is currently Director of Online Pedagogy and Associate Teaching Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. With expertise in learning, design, and technology, her 20+ year career has been dedicated to maximizing quality in online education.

    Penny Ralston-Berg, M.S., is an award-winning designer with 25+ years of experience in online learning. She is currently a Senior Instructional Designer for Penn State World Campus at The Pennsylvania State University, USA.

    “HIDOC is a must-read for educators who are passionate about harnessing the full potential of online education and ushering in a new era of inspired and effective learning.”

    Katie Linder, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation and Strategy, University of Colorado Denver, USA

    “These authors deeply understand the challenges faced by faculty and IDs in creating an engaging and impactful course, and a genuine feeling of support is palpable as you work through the steps they have laid out for you.”

    Deb Adair, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Quality Matters

    “HIDOC is thoughtful, pragmatic, and supported by theory. It is a design model that many will find valuable, whether they have the affordance of working with Learning Designers or are tasked with designing online learning experiences on their own.”

    Rick Shearer, D.Ed., Owner of Distance Education Systems; Director of Research and Development (retired), World Campus, The Pennsylvania State University, USA