Instructional Design
Using Roundabout Design to Develop your Course

By Julianne Morgan, Center for Online Learning

You may have heard of the phrase backward design, but most folks probably haven’t heard of roundabout design - at least not outside the context of traffic safety. Roundabout design is a phrase coined by Flower Darby as her response to backward design. She claims that thinking of your course as a roundabout is more realistic than the linear setup favored by backward design proponents. In this video, I compare roundabout design to backward design and offer my thoughts on where the value lies in each approach.