Our Mission Statement

Academic Technology and Design (ATD) is an instructional design unit that engages in research-based design grounded in the learning sciences.

Our Design approach puts learners first by focusing on what the learner does. This means designing learning experiences that reach beyond disciplinary goals to focus on active learning and the development of 21st century skills.

We are committed to teamwork and to each individual student's learning process. This means exploring ways to customize and personalize the curriculum to foster learner agency and voice. Our design aims to create a social and supportive learning environment.

Our projects are thoroughly collaborative, working with content experts who are professionals in their field to design online courses around authentic tasks and real issues.

We also conduct design-based research, present at conferences, and author academic papers, all with the goal to improve our craft and to advance knowledge in e-learning.

This site is a guide to our course development process and also houses a number of self-help resources for teaching and maintaining your course site.