Instructional Design and Development Support

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.


  • 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

Innovation Studio

The Innovation Studio is a group of creators, educators, and designers that specialize in creating custom designed online courses. To schedule a visit, please contact one of the instructional design and development team members below:

Robert Squires
Director of Instructional Design and Support
(406) 243-6056

Rick Hughes
Director of Academic Affairs
(406) 243-6280

Marlene Zentz
Senior Instructional Designer/Accessibility Specialist
(406) 243-6434

Nancy Clouse
Senior Instructional Designer
(406) 243-5815

Offer a New Online Course

Please see our New Courses page for more information.