Course Design

As an instructional designer at a rural Community College in North Carolina, I have the opportunity to work with a variety of subject matter experts with diverse teaching experience.  When working with faculty on the development process I utilize backward design.  I detail the process I use with faculty when developing new online courses below.

Backward design flowchart tha shows you must identify the desired results , determine acceptable evidence and plan learning experiences and instruction.

Step 1

Determine Course-Level Objectives.

Step 2

Determine Module-Level Objectives that align with Course-Level Objectives.

Step 3

Identify Instructional Materials that directly support the Module-Level Objectives.

Step 4

Develop Instructional Methods or Activities that directly support Module-Level Objectives.  A course map is developed after steps 1-4 are completed.

Sample PHY 151 Course Map

Step 5

Determine which course design which includes the three principles of Universal Design of Learning: Engagement, Representation, and Action and Expression.

Getting Started with UDL_final

Step 6

Ensure all content within the course adheres to ADA regulations describes by Section 504 and the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

Step 7

Ensure all materials comply with copyright laws.



Newcomer, B., & Lssp. (n.d.). Getting Started With Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Retrieved from

PHY 151 Course Map.  [Spring 2019] Developed by Lisa Knight, Physics Instructor at Central Carolina Community College.




Interactive Lessons

Here are a few examples of interactive lessons I have created using Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and Articulate Rise.

Projectile Motion Captivate

Interactive lesson and Projectile Motion developed as part of a projectile in a Graduate course at East Carolina University, Fall 2016.  The lesson was used as a pre-lesson activity in a non-science major Conceptual Physics course at Central Carolina Community College.

What is Earth Science? Articulate Storyline

Drag and Drop activity developed for the North Carolina Virtual Public School’s Earth and Environmental Science course, Fall 2018.

Fill In the Missing Terms Articulate Storyline

Another example of a drag and drop activity developed for the North Carolina Virtual Public School’s Earth and Environmental Science course, Spring 2019.

Earth and Environmental Science: Module Eleven Lesson One – The Lithosphere

This is an example Articulate Rise lesson developed for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, Fall 2018.