About: Instructional Design and Technology

IDT's Mission

NMU's Instructional Design and Technology unit supports teaching and learning in online and classroom-based environments by providing resources, tools, and services that enable faculty to innovatively use technology to deliver and enhance pedagogically sound courses and programs. We are part of the university's Academic Information Services division, which also includes the Olson Library, University Archives, Computing Helpdesk and Beaumier Heritage Center.

We provide faculty with support for online instructional technology tools, such as the university's learning management system, NMU EduCat™, and the Wildcast podcasting system, as well as technology used in the classroom such as projectors and interactive whiteboards. Our staff members have backgrounds covering instructional design and education as well as technology, and we focus not just on how to use particular technologies, but on helping faculty identify the technologies best suited to help meet specific teaching and learning needs.


Our Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), located in LRC 106, is a resource center where faculty can go to learn about, experiment with, and get advice and assistance with a variety of instructional technology tools. A large percentage of that assistance is related to NMU EduCat™; other supported tools include podcasting, video production, classroom response systems, and synchronous web conferencing. We offer walk-in hours Monday through Friday. Appointments can also be scheduled, and are recommended for complicated issues.

Classroom Technology

Classroom technology support is managed from our IDT office suite, located in LRC 112. Faculty can request equipment and assistance using the forms on the IDT home page, or call our reception desk phone (x2290) if they have an urgent need during class. We are also happy to provide equipment demonstrations and orientations by appointment. IDT is responsible for supporting audio visual technologies in general use and general use / department preferred classrooms, and can also provide consulting and limited support for departmental classrooms. In addition to installed equipment, we have specialized and portable equipment available for faculty to check out for in-class use. We do not provide audio visual support or equipment for special events; that responsibility falls under the domain of Audio Visual Services.


IDT hosts several hands-on workshops each semester, as well as group participations sites for live professional development webinars such as those offered by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). We are the focal point for NMU's involvement with ELI, MERLOT, and the Sloan Consortium, and are active in the university's implementation of Quality Matters. We also work closely with our partners in the Course Technology Alliance to provide comprehensive support for faculty to utilize technology in their courses.

IDT Partners (Course Technology Alliance)

Northern Michigan University's Course Technology Alliance was created to provide technology support for faculty and students. It consists of technology-related departments on campus that coordinate with one another to enhance NMU's campus-wide technology program, especially as it pertains to courses and other academic endeavors.

One of Northern Michigan University's strengths is its emphasis on technology, which entails several technology-based programs, including the TLC Laptop Initiative. The Course Technology Alliance was developed to advance and enhance these programs on NMU's campus. It consists of technology-related departments on campus that coordinate with one another to provide faculty with support that allows them to develop technology-rich, hybrid and online courses. The alliance also provides students with the resources they need to be successful in technology-integrated courses.

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