Instructional Design Services

Instructional Design Services


Instructional Design Services began with the pairing of an Instructional Designer (ID) and an Instructional Technologist (IT) in January 2016.The goal was to build the Adult Education Program in an effort to become more competitive in the market and generate new target audiences for Doane. Within nine months, we doubled in size and added a new Director of Online Education. Two years later we restructured the department to fold the responsibilities of both the ID and IT into one role, the Instructional Design Technology Specialist, which effectively broadened the skills of each team member and accelerated the number of courses produced. 

On average, the five team members who comprise IDS now produce around 50-70 courses a year working with faculty members from coast to coast. We have created a professional greenscreen studio space on the Lincoln campus and established a mobile lab for video recording that enables us to shoot videos outside of the studio.

Each staff member now specializes in a particular area within the scope of our discipline, further broadening the services IDS offers. We offer faculty development and training, assessment and instrument design, training in learning management systems and innovative educational technologies. We now call ourselves Learning Experience Engineers (LXEs) and we continue to strive for excellence alongside the faculty of Doane University.


IDS works with Doane University faculty and partners to consistently create effective courses that are rooted in evidence-based principles of teaching, learning, and design. Our courses exemplify the personal touch and interactive experience that is a Doane standard. We are committed to furthering technological and pedagogical innovations that impact the design and delivery of online learning.


I think what makes us (IDS) so unique is our process. We have crafted a 16-week structured approach to developing online courses. The development process stems from our unwritten motto in IDS that we teach faculty how to fish. Our desire is to grow faculty understanding of learning strategies, design, and educational technology in order to enable them to innovate and develop more robust ideas for their teaching down the road.

What is the impact of this structured approach to development on our students? We build rockstars. Students leave our courses with specific skills and knowledge that they can integrate and utilize in competitive job markets. We build people who are conquerors, who take on the challenge of changing careers, who never settle for average performance, people who strive for excellence. We build people who carry skills as their sword and knowledge as their shield. We build each and every ONE person as ONE Doane.

Services Offered

Our bread and butter will always be course development, but IDS specializes in many other areas that relate specifically to learning, teaching, design, and technology.

Faculty Training

The focus here is teaching faculty how to develop courses rooted in evidence-based research and oriented to student learning. We also offer training for faculty in the delivery of online courses. This  includes the use of Blackboard and the application of instructional strategies like fostering teaching presence, increasing engagement and intrinsic motivation in students.


We offer course and programmatic assessment and the design and validation of survey instruments. Our own office operates on a continuous feedback loop of design - test - redesign - test in order to make informed decisions on professional development, course design, pedagogical and design reforms, and technological advances.

Innovative Technology

At IDS, we are constantly trying new things. Our course development process ensures that our courses adhere to nationally recognized quality standards. But, that doesn’t mean that we utilize the same technological tools in every course. Our technology recommendations are driven by an analysis of the goals of the course and the particular learning activity. We consider factors such as accessibility, ease of use, budget and interoperability when making recommendations.

Learning Management Support

All of our designers have extensive knowledge of the university LMS. However, we have a specialist on board who provides in-depth help when technical glitches arise. We also offer one-on-one LMS training to faculty.