An Instructional Designer can assist faculty in completing complete the entire process of course design and development from the Analysis through to the Evaluation or they can be asked to do just one or two parts of the process. This is the same no matter the format of the course – online, hybrid or face-to-face. If a faculty member has already determined what they need and defined the objectives then the Instructional Designer can start at the Design phase. On occasions the client wants to develop the product on their own so the Instructional Designer may do just the Design phase. However, a skilled Instructional Designer can carry out the entire process when required.
The Instructional design process is a nonlinear sequence. The image below gives one model of instructional design that might be used. The oval background on the image below depicts the ability to return to previous phases or jump ahead to latter phases.