The Iterative Redesign of an Online University Course: NDFS 100, Essentials of Nutrition

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Alyssa Huber Erickson


This design case looks closely at the unique elements of redesigning an online nutrition course from April 2016 to April 2017. The online course was designed, developed, and offered for students through Brigham Young University Independent Study (BYUIS). During the course of one year, the author and stakeholders collaborated and made several iterative changes to the original online course. These iterations were based on the unique context of BYUIS, which included two paradigm shifts: moving courses to a semester-based schedule for BYU Online and shifting to a new Learning Management System (LMS). This context shaped design decisions, including the creation of eight custom animated videos, new artwork on every page, four discussion boards, eleven interactive activities, and several new content pages. Iterative design decisions were initiated by student feedback, faculty experience and collaboration, and design failures. Several production teams at BYUIS (e.g., animation, illustration) contributed to the success of this redesign. This design case seeks to give the reader a vicarious experience of the iterative one-year redesign process

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Erickson, A. (2017). The Iterative Redesign of an Online University Course: NDFS 100, Essentials of Nutrition. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 8(2).
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Alyssa Huber Erickson, Brigham Young University

Alyssa Huber Erickson is a second-year master’s student in the Instructional Psychology & Technology program at Brigham Young University. She has worked as an Instructional Design Assistant team lead at BYU Independent Study for three years and is currently an eLearning Developer for the LDS Church. Her scholarly interests include open badges, AGILE instructional design and development, and technology integration.