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The design category encompasses the art and science of crafting effective online learning experiences. Faculty participants develop proficiency in designing engaging, accessible, and well-structured courses and materials. They also learn to align learning objectives, assessments, and activities to create meaningful and impactful learning opportunities for students.

Canvas course navigation

These recommendations for the Course Navigation Menu are based on a review of User Experience (UX) studies and experiences of Missouri Online faculty and instructional designers.

Course structure

How you structure your course can help you make decisions about content. This page includes guides to help you think about how you want your course to flow. 

Creating a course schedule

Think of course schedules like interactive maps: They empower students to explore, plan, and organize the journey ahead dynamically.

Generative AI

This resource explores what generative AI means for our teaching and students’ learning.

HyFlex best practices

HyFlex is an instructional teaching model that allows students to choose their mode of instruction based on their own needs.

Instructional modes

Missouri Online has a variety of course instructional modes- online, hybrid, and traditional- to meet the needs of students and faculty.

Objectives and alignment

When considering the learning process, there are subtle differences between goals and objectives. Being able to identify these differences can assist faculty in fine-tuning the overall roadmap of a course.

Setting online attendance and participation expectations

Through regular participation in online classes, students can develop connections with their classmates and the instructor and become more engaged, active, and ultimately successful in their learning. You can help...

The syllabus

A syllabus is often the first document students see. It plays a significant role throughout the course, serving as a roadmap and communication tool that guides the entire course and contributes...