Do you have an idea for a project that supports teaching and learning at Middlebury, but need design and technical assistance to make it a reality? DLINQ’s instructional designers are available to partner with Middlebury faculty and staff on curricular and non-curricular projects that support the mission of teaching and learning, broadly writ. DLINQ instructional designers have expertise in designing and developing course, community, and resource websites, informal learning environments, and other web-based resources in platforms such as WordPress and Scalar.
Why Partner with a DLINQ Instructional Designer?
Design expertise. Instructional designers bring design expertise (pedagogical, technical, etc.) to the development process. While we are typically not involved in the initial ideation process for projects, during the partnership process, we can help you to refine your project ideas, select the platform that best fits, design the organization and structure of the site, assist with graphic design. We are also committed to inclusive and accessible design practices, and can help you to create an accessible and welcoming site.
Gain digital literacy skills. DLINQ’s partnership model means that the project partner is centrally involved in creating the project. We expect the project partner to be active in decision making, to be responsible for adding content into the site, and to learn to use the platform to ensure that the partner will be able to maintain the site moving forward. (Don’t worry, support for learning to use the platform is built into the partnership process.)
Project Proposal Process
Fill out the Project Proposal form. This includes sharing a some key information about your project, including:
- Name of project lead
- Name of Subject Matter Expert(s) (responsible for the content; can be same as Project Lead)
- Rough timeline
- Desired features (what do you hope the website will do? Who is the audience?)
- Project narrative (tell us more about your hopes for the project)
Review process. The DLINQ Leadership Team reviews proposals on a weekly basis, and makes decisions about how to resource projects based on instructional designer availability and expertise. The Leadership Team may reach out to you for additional information about your proposal.
Project Charter. Once the project proposal is accepted, the instructional designer and project lead will fill out a Project Charter early in the process, which lays out roles and responsibilities, the development timeline and deliverables, and a plan for maintaining the site. This is a conversation meant to clarify expectations and set project goals, early in the project process.