Being an Instructional Designer: A Job requiring Innovation and Trust | Être conseiller ou conseillère pédagogique, un travail d’innovation et de confiance


  • Serge Gérin-Lajoie Université Laval



This case study deals with the development and implementation of two online art courses. It outlines the concerns of the faculty member responsible for these courses and those of the instructional designer assisting him. The key design issues deal with the management of copyright material available via the Internet, the difficulty of implementing innovative educational strategies, and the use of new Web 2.0 tools. This case study highlights the challenges of the relationship between an instructional designer and a professor in the context of instructional and technological innovation.

Author Biography

Serge Gérin-Lajoie, Université Laval

Since 2007, Serge Gérin-Lajoie has been an instructional designer specialized in distance learning at the Teaching and Learning Center of Université Laval. He holds a Master’s degree in distance learning and a postgraduate degree with specialization in information technology and learning environment, diplomas awarded by Télé-université (TÉLUQ). He also holds a Bachelor degree in Education (High School Science Teaching) from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and a postgraduate degree with specialization in music at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières. He is currently a doctoral student in educational technology at Université Laval. Also, recently, he has been supervising students at the postgraduate level, publishing articles and giving talks on distance learning and higher education.






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