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How to Request Instructional Design Support

To request instructional design support or consultation, please fill out this consultation form.

Meet the Instructional Design Team




Wei Li, Ph.D.

Manager of Learning Technology

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Dr. Wei Li earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. With over nine years of experience in the instructional design field, she brings her scholarly and applied experience with an emphasis on technology integration, course development, and professional development. She has designed and developed a variety of instructional materials based on best practices, sound research, and learning theories. She has also published and presented on various instructional technology issues at conferences at the international, national, and regional levels. Her work includes partnering with faculty on the implementation of learning technologies and development of instructional content that is used to support face-to-face, blended, and online courses. She also provides instruction and support in the development of technology skills as well as the pedagogical and technological enhancement of learning spaces and programs.

Valerie Dumova, M.S.Ed.

Senior Instructional Designer and Technologist

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Valerie Dumova holds a B.A. in English from Boston University and an M.S.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Her areas of expertise include instructional design, blended learning, virtual classroom training, extended reality (XR), and course development. In addition to her extensive experience as a learning consultant, Valerie previously worked at Berlitz Corporation, where she supported the company’s global move to e-learning. In her role at Stevens, Valerie supports faculty in the implementation of learning technologies and the development of instructional content for on-campus, hybrid, and online courses. Valerie has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Stevens XR Lab, and works with faculty to incorporate extended reality into teaching and learning. 

What Services Does the Instructional Design Team Offer?  

  • Collaborate with instructors on course creation, which includes all aspects of course design and development for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses  
  • Identify and redesign course objectives and outcomes, align assessments to meet those objectives, and match pedagogical strategies to assessments 
  • Apply research-based pedagogical best practices   
  • Design digital course content with instructors 
  • Incorporate appropriate instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning 
  • Conduct course quality assurance review  
  • Design, develop, and support faculty professional development activities to help faculty adopt best teaching practices for using instructional design and technology as they relate to teaching and learning 

About Instructional Designers  

Instructional design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning theories and design principles to design, develop, implement, and evaluate learning products, processes, and environments. 

Instructional designers collaborate with faculty to provide enriched educational experiences to our students through faculty development, high-quality course design, assistance in learning technologies, and technology support. 

Here is an Educause report on the role, workflow, and experience of instructional designers: Instructional Design in Higher Education 

Instructional Design Process



Instructional design is a systematic approach to the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning materials and activities. The instructional design team can work with instructors beginning at any stage of the process. 


Analysis Phase 

Clarify the instructional problem, establish instructional goals and objectives, and identify the learning environment and learners’ existing knowledge and skills. 


Design Phase  

Plan a strategy for developing instruction. The design phase includes identifying learning objectives, instructional strategies, assessment instruments, and content; subject matter analysis; lesson planning; and technology selection. 


Development Phase  

Create and develop the course materials that were identified in the design phase.  


Implementation Phase  

Support the delivery of the instruction, whether it's face-to-face, hybrid, or online instruction.  


Evaluation Phase 

Measure the effectiveness and efficiency of the instruction. Evaluation may be formative or summative. 


Successful development of an online course requires a significant amount of planning, organization, and time. It is highly recommended that instructors begin development of a new online course at least 4 months before the course runs.  Please see the Online Course Development Process page for a preparation, planning, and development schedule for an online, full-semester course. 


To request instructional design support or consultation, please fill out this consultation form.