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:
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!