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Intentional Design: Using Iterative Modification to Enhance Online Learning for Professional Cohorts

This chapter emphasizes the importance of incorporating the lived experiences of professional students into the instructional design process. In an increasingly online educational world, this chapter contributes to the ongoing conversation about intentional design by putting forth a formula for course development. In doing so, the authors examine the diverse cultural practices of military students in an on-line intercultural communication course offered by the Community College of the Air Force and draw from a cultural community of over 2,000 military students who have written about their cross-cultural experiences in the course wiki. Using Situational Judgment Tests as key teaching and learning tools for this course has led to a culture-specific, communication skills-centered, and military appropriate design formula for the online military culture classroom.