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Academic Program Development and Innovation


What does an instructional designer do?

It is more than just course design. A master’s level Instructional Designer combines systems thinking, process development, industry best practices and creativity to help clients meet their goals.  A master Instructional Designer (ID), uses skills in needs assessment, task analysis, project management, curriculum design and development, implementation, assessment and evaluation to help clients find a path for project realization.

Is APDI part of CAT?

Although APDI and CAT share office space in Irwin Library, we are a separate department and strategic partner with CAT.

I have an idea for a new certificate or degree program. What is the process for getting it off the ground?

First, reach out to your APDI liaison. We find the earlier our team is involved, the smoother the program development process goes. We will provide an high-level overview of the new program development process and help determine a project timeline.

Second, we will help you form your start-up team, develop a business case, complete a market analysis, and create a draft of the program curriculum. Additionally, we will help you determine if the program should be credit or non-credit bearing.

Once the initial program ideas are brainstormed, we will support the credit-bearing programs through the approval processes of the academic division and operational divisions.

Who can teach online?

As of Summer 2018-

Overview of Policy for Faculty teaching Online at Butler University

Any faculty (full-time and adjuncts) teaching online at Butler must complete the Butler training for designing, building, and teaching online courses.

Waivers: Faculty who have taught online at other institutions can seek an exception and, if approved, forgo the training provided they:

1.     Include an end-of-course student survey to ensure the quality, and

2.    Develop the course ahead of time and receive peer and APDI/CAT review.

3.    Pilot online self-paced training will be developed as a possible option for faculty

Covered Parties

This policy covers any faculty (full-time and adjuncts) teaching an online course or program. Training is recommended and encouraged for hybrid/flipped courses but not required as decided upon by faculty focus group.


How do I get trained for teaching online courses?

If your dean has approved you to teach an online course, sign up to join a cohort for online teaching.

How do I determine credit hours for online courses?

See the Registrar’s requirements at