Course Design

Before you teach online, you must first design your course for the online environment.  In the last section, we looked at the theory behind online instruction.

In this section, we will examine processes or models for course design, which are useful whether you are building a new course from scratch or redesigning a face-to-face course you have taught in the past for online delivery.

We will suggest specific considerations you may want to keep in mind when delivering instruction online, and how those considerations play out in the learning management system (LMS) that you are using – Blackboard, Canvas, Schoology, etc.

We will also examine how to use your LMS as a learning portal to the larger World Wide Web.

Some key questions in this section:

  • What are models for online course design?
  • How do you design and customize the learning management system to optimize the management of the course, and how do you customize it for learning?
  • How do you incorporate other web applications such as blogs, wikis, social media, social bookmarking, and/or Google apps (just to name a few) with your LMS?

This section includes: