Best Practices: Introduction to Online Course Design

Instructors: Katy Little and Justin Switzer

Dates: May 29-June 18

Time: N/A

Location: Facilitated online


Designing, developing and teaching an online class can be challenging and requires a unique set of skills, even for the most talented and motivated instructors. How do the online and face-to-face environments differ? How do you keep students engaged in an online environment? What is the best way to build an online community? And, how do you create meaningful online discussions? These questions and more will be answered in this introductory short course. We’ll cover such topics as strategies to manage and facilitate an online class, how to create measureable learning objectives and assignments that align to those objectives, the impact of online course structure on instruction and Universal Design for Learning. Additionally, you’ll discover resources to enhance your online courses, and establish effective online teaching strategies. Best of all, you’ll get hands-on practice as you build a draft learning module in Canvas and experience online learning from the student perspective. A foundation in each of these components will help you provide a superior learning environment for your students. 

You might be interested in this course if:

This class is part of a series of TILT short courses on best practices for designing, developing and facilitating online courses. The courses can be taken in any order. However, if you don’t have much experience designing and developing an online course, hands-on experience in a learning management system or previous online teaching experience, you may want to take Course 1 before taking Course 3 or Course 4 (both of which will be offered Spring 2018).