IDWT Services

Instructional Design & Web Technologies serves two separate functions. Instructional design services help you design and develop your courses using sound pedological principles. We also support learning technologies such as Brightspace and Respondus. The Web Technologies side helps you make sure your content is showing up properly on the website.

Instructional Design

  • Objectives/Competency writing
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Aligning events of instruction
  • Instructional strategies

IDWT Hub in LL016

The hub is a lab with four computers for instructional technology related projects. They are available for faculty use. Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions or to access. You can read more about it here.

Learning Management System (D2L Brightspace)

D2L Brightspace is a web-based software system which can be used by faculty to support flexible teaching and learning whether your class is taught face-to-face or at a distance. It provides tools and facilities to manage your course as well as content and provides online collaboration and communication.

Related tools - Turnitin (anti-plagiarism), Campus Pack (wikis/blogs/podcasts), Respondus (assessments)

Web Conferencing (Blackboard Collaborate)Blackboard Collaborate is integrated into D2L Brightspace and has the capability of two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

Videoconferencing Rooms

Video conferences provide two way picture and audio, share graphics such as PowerPoint, and allow for interaction between participants. Video conferences have a local site and a remote site, however, you can connect to more than one remote site using a bridge. Please contact Media Services if you would like to schedule a conference between 2 or more remote sites often called a “bridge call.”
Classroom Locations: Grove 006, Grove 401, Shippen 140, Library 203, Library 204, Library 205


Mediasite allows you to stream live or create lectures asynchronously so that students are able to view them even if they are unable to make it to class. The Mediasite Recorder records on our secure server and synchronizes your audio, video and slides.
Classroom Locations: Grove 006 & 401, Library 204 & 205

Screen Recording Software

As the name suggests, screen recording software allows you to record the mouse movements on your screen. Screencasts can be used for software training, a brief introduction of your online or face-to-face course, or to clarify concepts that students are having difficulty with in class.
TechSmith Camtasia -
Adobe Captivate -
Online Instruction Certification Course
If you are planning to teach online at Ship for the first time, be sure to complete the required Online Instruction Certification Course. This course is a fully online training and can be taken any time during the semester. Faculty scheduled to teach online for the first time in Winter 2017 or Spring 2018 can register and begin taking the training course now.
Email to register.

Faculty Fellows Program

Each academic year, our instructional designers work with faculty members to advance exemplary teaching and enrich the experience of students by implementing projects that enhance the University’s use of instructional technologies. Previous projects include the Online Instruction Certification Course, a Snow Day Quick-Start Guide, Guidelines to Accessibility, and Copyright for Electronic Resources. If you have an idea for a project, please let us know.

Smart Carts

Smart Carts provide access to the computer, projector, Smart Podium, DVD player, and document camera in classrooms. A brief training session is mandatory to receive a Smart Cart key, and refresher training is available at any time.

Website Support

Webspace is the web server where faculty may create personal websites. The server platform is Microsoft IIS. Faculty who create personal sites can save their website files directly to a folder (“My Website” on the T: drive) on their on-campus workstations through a web browser or FTP.
Academic department sites are maintained in the Ektron web content management system. Users can be assigned permissions to create and edit content within specific areas of these sites.

Web Technologies

  • CMS Support