CoverAcknowledgementsContributing AuthorsIntroductionThe Competencies for Instructional Designers in Higher EducationCommunicating Instructional Design with FacultyConducting Needs Assessments to Inform Instructional Design Practices and DecisionsManaging Instructional Design Projects in Higher EducationDesigning with Instructional Continuity in MindDesigning Non-Instructional Messages: Beyond TrainingImmersive Learning Environments: Designing XR into Higher EducationA Guide to Designing Accessible eLearningData-Informed Design for Online Course ImprovementLearning Analytics as a Tool for Improvement and Reflection on Instructional Design PracticesThe Use of Q Methodology to Evaluate Instruction in Higher EducationAn Examination of the People and Processes Involved in Quality AssuranceInstructional Designers Leading Through ResearchEmbedding Effective Instruction in Educational Technology Professional Development Programs


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The purpose of this book is to provide guidelines and best practices for how to lead instructional design efforts in higher education. The audience for this book are instructional designers and technologists working at 2-year and 4+ year degree institutions. This book provides instructional designers and technologists with templates, suggestions for best practices, and ways that they can leverage instructional design to support learning.

This book will be open access, and thus free to use, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute (see Wiley, 2009), and will be distributed via

This book was eveloped as part of the library of open textbooks. Thus, this book is openly licensed (CC-BY-NC) and free to use, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute, with proper citation. This platform provides many innovative features for students and faculty, including the following:

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Stefaniak, J., Conklin, S., Oyarzun, B., Reese, R. (2021). A practitioner's guide to instructional design design in higher education. EdTech Books.

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