Instructional Design Workshops

USF's Instructional Design team is offering workshops on course design and pedagogical best practices for Fall 2019. Register for workshops on the embedded form below.

Workshop Descriptions


Universal Design for Learningdecorative

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

In this workshop, you will learn about the history and research behind Universal Design for Learning, and explore different UDL principles and techniques to incorporate into your course content, activities, and engagement with students.

  • Workshop dates: Wed, September 18, 12:00 – 1:30PM or Wed, October 23, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Gleeson 236 (Zoom available by request)
  • Facilitator: Angie Portacio
  • 9/18: lunch available; 10/23: light refreshments available

Course Design One: Course Delivery and Contentdecorative

Research has shown that students become more motivated and achieve higher learning when courses are well designed and learning goals are clear and integrated throughout a course.

In this first of two workshops on course design essentials, we will review the basics of course design planning and organization, explore options for course delivery (i.e. technology-enhanced and flipped learning), and work through strategies for content selection and delivery (multimedia, videos, readings, etc) to strengthen your course and increase student engagement.

  • Workshop dates: Wed, September 11, 3:00 – 4:30 PM or Wed, October 9, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Location: Gleeson 236 (Zoom available by request)
  • Facilitator: Jill Ballard
  • Light refreshments available

Multimedia Essentialsdecorative

Make your course content come alive with impactful media learning components.

In this workshop, we’ll evaluate media options and work together to develop a media strategy for your course while looking at a range of multimedia options including podcasts, screencasts, slide presentation lectures, video conferencing and recorded video.

  • Workshop dates: Mon, September 16, 12:00 – 1:00 PM or Thu, October 17, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Gleeson 236 (Zoom available by request)
  • Facilitator: Mishiara Baker
  • 9/16: lunch available; 10/17: light refreshments available

Meet our Workshop Facilitators

Angie Portacio, MA Ed, is an instructional designer and is the instructional design liaison for the Schools of Education, Law, and Nursing and Health Professions. Angie has worked in higher education instructional design for over 10 years at USF, SFSU, and ACUE and has also worked as adjunct faculty. Angie’s areas of expertise include online and hybrid course design, active learning, the Quality Matters framework, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)/accessible design. 

Jill Ballard, MA, is an instructional designer and the instructional design liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences. Jill has worked in higher education instructional design and as a faculty at USF and the Academy of Art University for 12 years. Jill’s areas of expertise include online and hybrid course design, active learning, learning assessment and alignment, and learning analytics. 

Mishiara Baker, MA, is a course A/V and multimedia developer. Mishiara has worked in multimedia development at USF for 5 years. Mishiara’s areas of expertise include professionally-produced course videos, self-recorded video and podcasting best practices, instructional light board videos, and interactive course multimedia.