Instructional Design is the magical art of combining faculty knowledge, learning technology and the best practices of learning pedagogy. Whether analyzing current course content or envisioning goals for a new course, instructional designers can guide faculty at Smith to produce rigorous, engaging, learning experiences that prepare students for real-world-work.
The Office of Transformational Learning (OTL) has played an active role in supporting all of Smith’s academic programs, including core undergraduate classes and the Smith Business Minor. In addition, Smith Live Cases bring innovation and high intensity learning to in-person classes by providing students with access to industry leaders as they grapple with case scenarios. In every program we support, OTL ensures critical thinking and measurable growth through great design.
OTL’s annual unConference brings instructional design stakeholders together from all regional business schools to share best practices, learn from each other and network. These events are free for participants and all costs are covered by corporate sponsors. OTL works with a variety of stakeholders, including Smith’s offices of IT and Alumni Relations, the University’s Teaching & Learning Transformation Center and regional business schools and corporate sponsors within the community. These strategic partnerships support our aim of promoting a vibrant intellectual environment to enhance innovation and developing creative ways to better achieve learning outcomes.
If you’re interested in learning more about the unConference, please contact ExL@rhsmith.umd.edu.