Instructional Design

What do instructional designers at JBU do?

  • Collaborate with faculty to design learning experiences for face-to-face and online classes
  • Assist faculty with problem-solving, teaching strategies, or integrating technology
  • Assist faculty with recording/producing videos or other course content
  • Assist faculty with educational technology in the classroom and online
  • Collaborate with developers to produce new online and blended courses, and revise others
  • Manage courses for JBU Online and some graduate programs and courses
  • Promote best practices for teaching and learning for face-to-face and online classes
  • Explore and evaluate new products, methods, strategies, and best practices
  • Review courses for quality assurance, alignment of objectives, activities, and assessment
  • Provide consultations and training on instructional technology topics
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on projects

Contact Kathy Hogan or Kim Johnson for assistance with your instructional design and educational technology needs. 

Quality Matters

JBU is a recent subscriber to Quality Matters (QM). It is a nationally recognized faculty-centered peer review system that promotes continuous improvement and quality assurance in online courses. QM provides systems, tools, and training to evaluate and improve quality in course design. At the heart of the QM program is the research-based QM rubric. For more information about Quality Matters, contact Kim Johnson, Quality Matters Coordinator, kijohnson@jbu  

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Software Tutorials (Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Sharestream and iLos.)

JBU Online Faculty - For teaching in the JBU Online undergraduate programs faculty should contact Stacey Duke regarding training.

Recorded Workshops:

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Dr. Carla Swearingen 524-1528 for:

  • Faculty Development
  • Scholarship
  • Peer Observation
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Impact

Kathy Hogan 524-7340 for: 

  • Blackboard, Sharestream, ilos
  • Instructional Design
  • Online Course Design & Teaching
  • Blackboard Goals
  • Light Board Studio reservations

Kim Johnson 524-7476 for:

  • Blackboard, Sharestream, ilos
  • Instructional Design
  • Online Course Design & Teaching
  • Connected Learning/Technology Integration
  • Quality Matters (alignment, course review)
  • Gamification
  • Google Apps
  • One Button Studio reservations

Peggy Wolken 524-1544 for:

  • Lending Library check out
  • Training Room reservations
  • State Authorization Questions

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State Authorization

John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: (800) 621-7440.

John Brown University is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education and The United States Department of Justice for the education of foreign students.

Specific Program Accreditations

  • The education preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  On July 1, 2013 NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and formed the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation, (202) 223-0077.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program, including electrical/computer, mechanical or renewable energy concentrations, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Construction Management degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) (210) 495-6161.
  • All business degree programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), (913) 339-9356.
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at John Brown University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Professional Licensure
If you are a student from outside the state of Arkansas, who is considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure, be sure to contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state of residence before beginning your course of study.

Student Complaint Resolution
John Brown University is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities.  If a conflict arises, JBU wishes to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and collegial manner. (Policy and procedure for student complaints.)
Student Complaint Form

If an online student has concerns related to academic or administrative actions at John Brown University and has exhausted all administrative remedies without the complaint being resolved internally, the student may file a formal complaint with the appropriate agency in the state of their residence. Please note, this process does not apply to complaints related to student grades or discipline/conduct matters.
State Agencies for Student Complaint

SARA ApprovedNC-SARA Approved Institution
John Brown University is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to be an institutional participant in the SARA initiative. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.  Learn more about NC-SARA.