Designed for Diversity: Lessons in Instructional Design at Rio Salado

Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, serves more than 54,000 students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. While many of Rio’s students are full-time college students working toward a two- or four-year degree, many other groups of students are only enrolled in individual classes: learners in workforce training programs, high school students, active-duty military, lifelong learners, and incarcerated learners.

“There isn’t a typical Rio student,” says Michael Medlock, associate dean for instructional design and technology at Rio Salado. “In fact, we laugh about it here, because the typical Rio student is atypical.”

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