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Course Design Support

Online course design is a systematic process for planning and organizing the resources, learning activities, communication mechanisms and assessment activities necessary to result in active student learning. Developing an online/blended course is not simply putting your course content in D2L; successful online/blended teaching requires a significant course transformation. Faculty rethink and redesign their courses, create new learning activities, reorganize content presentation, and integrate online technologies. Many times, faculty need to learn new teaching skills and techniques to manage online communication, interaction, and new assessment methods.

Some of the questions to consider before designing your online course:

  • What do you want students to know when they have finished taking your course?
  • As you think about learning objectives, what activities do you do now in the classroom?
  • How to transform or redesign them into challenging and engaging online learning activities?
  • How can you divide and organize course content online so its easy for students to follow?
  • How do you engage and support your face-to-face students?
  • How can you achieve the same results online?
  • How do your assess your face-to-face students?
  • How can you assessment your online students?
  • How to ensure academic integrity?
  • What technology tools are available to support my online/blended course?

Instructional designers at the Office of Distance Education will work closely with you and support your online course design and development effort from beginning to end. We provide consultation on online pedagogy, syllabus construction, and effective online activities, and assessment. We also help faculty create online course materials and recommend or provide training on appropriate e-learning technology tools. Contact us to schedule an initial course design meeting and get started on developing your online/blended course!