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This guide serves both faculty, staff, and students in improving and supporting instruction and learning.

Instructional Design

Sandra Rogers
Spring Hill College

Burke Memorial Library, Room 113

4000 Dauphin Street

Mobile, Alabama 36608-1791

Phone: (251) 380-4480 | Fax: (251) 460-2107
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About Me

Sandra Rogers is the instructional designer, content developer, and trainer at Spring Hill College.  She's a doctoral candidate in  Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama (USA).  Her research interests are computer-assisted language learning, e-learning, gaming, and problem-solving.  Her dissertation is on the use of massively multiplayer online role-playing games with language learning optimizing activities to improve English language learners' grammar, listening, reading, and vocabulary.

Sandra has a masters in teaching English as a second language (ESL) from the University of Alabama and elementary education from Occidental College in Los Angeles.  She has K-12 bilingual (Spanish and ESL) teaching certification from California and elementary teaching certification from Alabama. Her college-level teaching included courses on ESL, reading, and Spanish.  She has been an educator for 22 years and has taught in Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Mozambique, and the US in public and private settings.

Before coming to SHC, she worked for the USA’s Innovation in Learning Center as a content developer, instructional designer, and trainer.  She and her husband live in Daphne, Alabama.  Sandra loves to learn and share her knowledge and experience with others.  You can find all of her projects by googling her moniker, Teacherrogers.

Request Help


Contact the instructional design team if you have a technological integration question for your online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses.  See contact information in the sidebar. Open a ticket via SchoolDude Incident and select either LMS for learning management system, Online Class, Surveys, or Training from the menu provided. The Spring Hill College (SHC) Help Desk is assigning these tickets to the instructional design team.  We endeavor to resolve your issues in a timely manner.

Instructional Design Defined

Formal Definition

Instructional design (ID) encompasses a wide array of activities to improve human performance, learning, products, processes, and overall return on investments.  ID includes the use of research, theory, and common sense.  Instructional designers work closely with organizations and subject matter experts to solve problems, determine needs, improve outcomes, and/or find opportunities through systematic analysis and model-based approaches. For example, before producing a learning object, designers will systematically breakdown the skills, subskills, and entry level skills of a learning task for analysis to inform design decisions. 

Informal Definition

Instructional design utilizes critical thinking, expert knowledge, best practices, and technologies to improve an organization either system-wide or in discrete work units.  Technology refers to any tool, software or hardware, or process.  For example, simple writing tasks can be improved with an ergo-dynamic fountain pen, desk, and workstation.  From this example, even a pen is considered technology.  It’s the role of the instructional designer to take all matters, including potentially insignificant ones like a writing tool, into consideration when developing a plan of action.

Instructional Resource Service Roles

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Instructional Design Specialist: Sandra Rogers (x4480)

  • Leads & supports instructional design services & pedagogy for faculty
  • Trains faculty, staff, and students on effective technologies for all learning environments
  • Leads & supports online learning for students
  • Supports the educational technology specialist

Educational Technology Support Specialist: Dwight Spivey (x3878)

  • Administers the learning management system, Schoology
  • Provides software application support & training
  • Coordinates various surveys for faculty and staff
  • Supports the instructional design specialist

Quality Matters Informal Review

Get Adobe ReaderQuality Matters (QM) is an organization that provides rubrics and guidelines for quality online instruction. Sandra Rogers is a certified QM Peer Reviewer who is available to conduct informal reviews of your online courses.  Read Sandra's blog on QM to learn a little about the organization, it's history, and the process.  The QM rubric is based on extensive literature reviews and practical application. Learn more about the literature review in this portable document format (PDF).  You'll need Adobe Reader to open this PDF. Click their icon to access the software.  

Educational Technology Specialist

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Dwight Spivey is the Educational Technology Specialist at Spring Hill College. Dwight served in the ranks of the corporate world for nearly two decades after studying computer science at USA and Auburn. He worked for XANTE Corporation as a marketing analyst and Mac administrator before moving on to Konica Minolta (formerly QMS). He held several titles at Konica Minolta, including Mac administrator, level III engineer (creating and maintaining print drivers and utilities), and product manager for KM's Optimized Print Services division. 

Dwight is also a published technical author and editor, having worked for publishing giants McGraw-Hill, Wiley, and Penguin / Random House / DK. Represented by Waterside Productions, Dwight has authored 18 titles, such as the bestselling How to do Everything Mac (several editions for McGraw-Hill), Home Automation for Dummies (Wiley), Idiot's Guide to Apple Watch (DK), and his most recent book, iPhone for Seniors for Dummies (Wiley). In addition to his own writing, Dwight has also edited more than 10 books for other technical authors, such as Guy Hart-Davis and Bobbi Sandberg. His technical interests include all things Apple, desktop and mobile operating systems, wearable tech, software and apps, and smart home automation. 

Dwight is married to Cindy, and they have been blessed with four fantastic children: Victoria, Devyn, Emi and Reid. The family lives in Mobile, Alabama and are members of St. Dominic Catholic Parish, where Dwight is also the sitting Vice Chairperson for the St. Dominic Catholic School Advisory Board. 

You can find Dwight in BL208, email him at, or call at 251-380-3878

Ed Tech User Group

Organizer: Gentry Holbert, Director of Library & Instructional Resource Services (LIRS)

Members: Faculty, staff, & students

Meetings: TBA

Topic:  TBA

Charge:  As the College moves forward with increased online, hybrid, and web-enhanced classes, there's a need to focus and centralize the educational technology services that support teaching, learning, and research on campus. We held our first open meeting on 8/21/14 in the cafeteria. Now we're the Ed Tech User Group who meets once a month on a designated Friday.  We review and discuss educational technologies, technology support, and pedagogy.  This includes, but is not limited to, the functionalities of the learning management system, educational Google apps, online textbooks associated with Web content, as well as support, training, and community groups on campus.

Contact: For more information, contact Gentry (x3871),

Google Community: Join us online! Follow this pathway: Gmail > Google Apps > Google+ > Home > Google Communities > Ed Tech User Group > Request membership.

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