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Serving Ministries with Catholic Instructional Design

“When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and he began to teach them.”
Matthew 5:1-2

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is the art and practice of building curriculum toward the learners’ achievement of measurable objectives.

What’s Different about Catholic Instructional Design?

While secular instructional design focuses on the achievement of learning objectives alone, Catholic instructional design treats the learner as a whole person, considering not only intellectual formation, but spiritual and moral formation as well. The ultimate goal of Catholic instructional design is not mere worldly success, but the sanctity of the whole human person.

Online Learning

While some Catholic institutions have been online for decades, recent global events have made online learning a necessity for any institution. But the Catholic Church hasn’t exactly earned a reputation for online readiness. Your institution may be struggling with:

New Platform, New Format

Traditional educational methods don’t always translate well into the online world.

  • Impersonal, Disconnected Environment
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Lack of Instructional Depth

Technology Troubles

Online learning brings with it a whole world of new technological considerations.

  • Learning Management Systems
  • Video Conferencing
  • Graphics Quality


Your physical plant has probably dealt with accessibility regulations before, but now it affects your courses.

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Writing Alternative Text
  • Formatting Accessible Documents

The Help You Need


Hi! I’m Micah Murphy, instructional designer, and I’m ready to bring your online learning delivery up to industry standards. This process begins with assessment according to a rubric custom-built for your needs and proceeds in a collaborative effort with your very own Subject Matter Experts to form high-quality, online learning.

  • Seminary Experience
  • Parish & School Experience
  • Higher Ed Experience
  • BA in Theology & Catechetics
  • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Quality Matters (QM) Certified
  • OLC Certified Instructional Designer