Instructional Design


The UMOnline Instructional Design & Development team supports faculty and departments with the design and development of online courses and programs. We provide consulting services and workshops, and design services relative to the following:

  • Innovative integration of technology for learning
  • Accessible design
  • Moodle instructional tools
  • Online and blended pedagogy
  • Policies and procedures

The Montana University System's Design Principles provide core principles governing the design of online courses.

Course Lifecycle

Key processes for designing, delivering and managing your online courses.

Course Lifecycle - request, design, deliver, maintain


  • New online or blended course approved by department chair
  • Course proposal submitted to UMOnline
  • Moodle shell generated
  • Course supplement requested for face-to-face courses


  • Accessibility support
  • Instructional design and development support
  • Moodle training
  • Media design support


  • Course made available
  • Ongoing instructor and student interaction
  • Continued instructor and IDD support available
  • UMOnline tech support provided


  • Backup course
  • Archive backup file
  • Export gradebook
  • Restore/import to new course shell