Step 1: Course Design

Designing an online course means more than creating a way for students to access the course content. You are also designing a student experience and building a community for learning. It is particularly important to spend time developing your class presence and designing opportunities for interaction within the online environment, as these are both more challenging than in a face-to-face course.

The instructional design process outlined on this site offers support and structure as you address the special characteristics of your online learning and teaching experience. This process begins with developing measurable learning outcomes, understanding online pedagogy, and considering the specific tools available while working in an online environment. We hope to help you focus your teaching materials and delivery to engage your students in a meaningful way within the online environment.

Please follow the pages in this section to help you in the course design process:

  1. Learning Outcomes
  2. Mapping Your Course 
  3. Presenting Your Content
  4. Designing Interaction
  5. Assessments 
  6. Course Syllabus

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