Course Design Models

Whether you are designing a course from scratch or translating an existing course for online delivery, the ADDIE model is a useful one for conceptualizing the design process:


This short video describes the ADDIE process:

There are a number of good rubrics and guidelines to use when designing your course:

CSU QLT Rubric for Online Instruction
One of the best standards for evaluating the quality of online course design. It provides anchors for baseline, effective, and exemplary designs across the following dimensions:

  • Course Overview and Introduction
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Instructional Materials and Resources Utilized
  • Student Interaction and Community
  • Facilitation and Instruction
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning
  • Learner Support and Resources
  • Accessibility and Universal Design
  • Course Summary and Wrap-up
  • Mobile Platform Readiness

Quality Matters: Peer Course Review Rubric
This site includes a rubric for reviewing the quality of online courses across the following dimensions: (1) course overview and introduction, (2) learning objectives, (3) assessment and measurement, (4) instructional materials, (5) learner interaction, (6) course technology, (7) learner support, and (8) accessibility. This is an excellent resource for assessing the quality of online course design.