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IDs, what department do you work for?

Just curious about where instructional designers fit, structurally, in their organizations. I'm an ID and I work in the Center for Teaching and Learning, which is a division under Academic Affairs. I have met other IDs who work for their campus IT departments. While a lot of my work is somewhat technical, my organization thinks that IDs should be under Academic Affairs, not IT. Wondering where others find themselves at their organizations?

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At Utah Valley University we are under Academic Affairs. We try to communicate and coordinate with IT as well.

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At my university, we not really Academic Affairs or IT. But if I had to choose one, I would say that we fall more under Academic Affairs. Our department is name the Center for Education and Information Resources. We handle alot of technical issues as well.

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At FIU, we have a unique situation. Most of our web-assisted or F2F classes are supported by a department that is within the IT umbrella. However, FIU Online (a department dedicated to fully online classes/distance learning/online programs) is a department that is currently under the Academic Affairs umbrella. This split of responsibilities sprouted from how our online program was originally founded and funded.

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At my institution St. Johns River State College, Distance Learning falls under Academic Affairs but works jointly with Information Technology.

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We are our own department, the Faculty Resource Center.  We work will IT, Curriculum, DSPS and Faculty, but we remain on our own.

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At Saint Francis University we also have a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning under Academic Affairs. 

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Kyle, at Baker College we fit in the same place as you do!

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At Cuyamaca College, I am in the Learning and Technology Resources division which is under Instruction.

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I'm in the continuing education division at my institution, but as Instructional Designers we fall under a department called Academic Excellence along with video team, instructional coaching, and learning technologies. We used to only be online learning, but recently starting preparing course shells for classroom-based courses. We are definitely not under the same umbrella as IT.

Cheers - Shar