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Instructional Design Services

CTL Course Design Services

CTL believes that pedagogy informs technology. We value the importance of the instructor’s unique approach to teaching as it the main catalyst for student engagement. Therefore, our instructional designer will collaborate with you to develop online and face-to-face courses that align with your teaching.

The Instructional Designer can assist faculty with all stages of online course design by taking on many different roles – from assisting instructors as they work on their own courses to completely designing a course from the ground up based on faculty content. Using 30 years of teaching experience along with certifications in online course design,  the ID can help you build and execute your courses using Quality Matters best practices.  In addition to assisting with online course modalities, the ID can also support your face-to-face teaching methods by providing ways to facilitate student engagement with active learning practices.  Explore the services below for more details and feel free to contact Kate Hoof for a one-on-one meeting. 


Ready to build your online course?

Check out CTL’s recommended course building timeline for more information.  For answers to your questions or to set up an appointment with the instructional designer, email Kate Hoof at 

Intensive Intermediate Online Training

This fall CTL will be offering three opportunities to complete the Intermediate Intensive Online Training, Shepherd’s certification program required to teach online. This training will cover course design, strategies for student engagement, accessibility and inclusion, Brightspace basics, and other tools for teaching in every modality.

Please use this form to sign-up for the summer session of your choice.

Join us on Thursdays from 2:00-2:30 for virtual workshops on effective online teaching and learning.  Stay tuned for a spring semester schedule.

Links To Recorded Workshops

Teaching Over Zoom 


Video Tips and Tricks

Facilitating Group Projects

Online Certification Training at Shepherd University

Contact Kate Hoof to sign up for Shepherd’s online certification course at:  This course will now run as needed throughout the year.  This course is asynchronous (go at your own pace). You must have a Shepherd University email address to participate.  Free.

Helpful Online Teaching Articles and Guides


What is the Hyflex Model
Free E-Book on Hyflex
Flexible Teaching Guides from the Duke Learning Center

Synchronous Teaching

Best Practices for Synchronous Classes
Engaging Students Synchronously
Humanize your Zoom Session

Discussion Boards Online

Reply to Two Others:  Improving Online Discussions

Hybrid Classes

Active Learning in Hybrid and Socially Distanced Classes
Active Learning While Physically Distancing
Active Learning While Maintaining Social Distancing

Quality Online Rubrics

Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist
QM Bridge to Quality Course Design Guide