Roles in Course Development

Developing an engaging course requires a team approach.  Each team member brings unique knowledge and perspective to the design and development process, to create an effective course that meets learning outcomes and offers students opportunities to demonstrate their learning. 

Faculty Member

As the primary "content specialist", it is the role of the faculty member to bring his or her extensive knowledge of the academic discipline to:

  • Work with the development team to transform knowledge, experience and previously developed course notes and resources into an online or blended course
  • Determine the appropriate learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment strategies in collaboration with the Instructional Designer
  • Follow the appropriate steps outlined in the learning design process
  • Present the course outline, for approval, to Curriculum Committee
  • Deliver content on time and in the specified format so that the course is ready for quality control check prior to "going-live".
  • Check specific requirements at the program level for course review and sign-off procedures


It is the role of the program staff to facilitate the learning design process by arranging to:

  • Hire faculty
  • Write and oversee contracts
  • Review drafts of the course overview to:
    1. ensure that appropriate learning outcomes are covered by the course
    2. provide feedback on course content
  • Be responsible for end of course faculty evaluations. May be responsible for mid-course faculty evaluations
  • Work with the library and CTET as required to provide faculty support once the course is in progress
  • Organize and set up student teams in Moodle

Instructional Designer

As the course development project manager, it is the role of the Instructional Designer to:

  • Serve as the dedicated liaison between members of the development team (faculty member, creative lead, web developer, technical, copyright)
  • Ensure that all development team members are aware of the course development process & clarify the roles & responsibilities of team members
  • Negotiate timelines and deliverables for development of course content
  • Provide an orientation to the educational philosophy and approach to online development at RRU and direct the faculty member to additional course development resources that are pertinent
  • Orient faculty to the educational technologies that will be used, including both Moodle LMS and other web tools
  • Suggest instructional and assessment strategies and enabling technologies that are appropriate for the content area
  • Review and provide feedback on: learning activities, assessment and evaluation strategies, course resources, use of discussion groups, course workload, balance between team and individual activities, clarity of the course schedule, use of multimedia, overall course design
  • Review and provide feedback on clarity of language
  • Ensure that course development is on schedule (project management)

When course development is completed it is the role of the Instructional Designer to:

  • Provide an orientation to new faculty members on how to manage, and facilitate their course, in the online learning environrment
  • Debrief "how it went" once the course is completed
  • Participate in the quality check process

Senior Learning Technologist

The Senior Learning Technologist provides:

  • Course development support (in Service Level 3 initiatives) specifically for the implementation of learning technologies
  • Usability improvements for all learning technologies
  • Technical problem resolution for learning technologies (Computer Services delegates learning technology problem resolution to CTET)
  • Research, testing, and documentation of various learning technologies, media tools, and LMS plugins
  • Project management of learning technology evaluations and implementations
  • Advises, trains, and supports faculty and staff on the use of learning technologies

Learning Technologist

It is the role of the Learning Technologist to:

  • Work with the instructional designer to create online courses
  • Provide quality control checks
  • Once the course "goes live", provide ongoing support as required

Library Support

The Library provides assistance in sourcing appropriate journal and text resources for your course reading list.


Copyright Office

The Copyright Office reviews readings and resources used in Royal Roads University courses to ensure that the use of these materials complies with Canadian copyright law.