Instructional design in online, hybrid or in-class courses requires a deep understanding of existing best practices. A few rubrics in addition to the Blackboard's Exemplary Course Program are available, such as California Community Colleges' Online Education Initiative (OEI), The Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric, Quality Matters (QM), Illinois Online Network's Quality Online Course Initiative, California State University Quality Online Learning and Teaching. However, since 1949 Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey has been used to outline books, movies, and psychological therapies to engage and motivate people. This session will synthesize the Exemplary Course Program Rubric and the Hero's Journey to help instructional designers and instructors tell an epic story in the courses. Principles of storification and gamification will be applied.