Redesign of an Online Course for Northern Illinois University V2

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  • Responsibilities: Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Web Design
  • Target Audience: Faculty and staff
  • Tools Used: Dreamweaver (HTML editor), VPN
  • Budget: N/A, internal project
  • Client: University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Year: 2018-ongoing


After redesigning and teaching ETT 555 Media Design: Multimedia at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in summer 2020, I realized that the Ultra view in Blackboard wasn’t sufficient so I went back to the Original view for spring 2021. I relied upon my instructional design skills as well as feedback from students and my mentor, Dr. Cindy York to implement any improvements.


Here are some images of the changes I made for this offering. This first set of images show the Announcements page and the Welcome page. (Note the arrow to see the other image in the gallery).

Here is the schedule for the course. The image is pretty long and unwieldy to show it visually here. When you click on the image in the link, it shows up quite large so you may have to scroll left / right to view all of it.

Below is a sample of a weekly module. This one shows week 5 of an 8-week course.

Here, you can see the assignments for the course.

Finally, here is an example of a rubric for an assignment. All assignments have specific rubrics attached to them.

Results and Takeaways

After the semester concluded, I was able to retrieve student evaluations. Students reported that the course was ‘easy to navigate.’ Based on this feedback, I consider this project to be a success.

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