Designing & building your online course

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Faculty/instructors are invited to register for the Designing and Building Your Online Course workshop. In this workshop, you will design and build an online course. This workshop is 100 percent online and is held in Canvas.

Workshop sessions

Registration for a session will close at noon the Monday before the session starts.

Designing and building your online course session 2

Jun 05, 2023 - Aug 15, 2023

Designing and building your online course session 3

Sep 11, 2023 - Nov 21, 2023

Who can participate?

The Designing and Building Your Online Course workshop is intended for faculty/instructors who have the responsibility to design and build a course for online delivery in Spring 2021 or thereafter.

What is the schedule and format?

  • Fully online in Canvas
  • 10 weeks facilitated by instructional designers; some modules span 2 weeks
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Are there prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites to participate in this workshop.

(We suggest faculty be familiar with Canvas and other learning technologies before registering. Please see our Trainings & Events page for more information.)

What will we be doing during the workshop?

This 100 percent online course is asynchronous with a schedule for readings and activities. The course will be facilitated by instructional designers from the Office of eLearning with opportunities for peer interaction throughout.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Design a learner-centered course that aligns instructional material, learning activities and assessments with stated learning objectives.
  2. Write measurable learning objectives that specify the skill or knowledge concepts you want students to gain.
  3. Curate or create assessments that actively engage students in the learning process.
  4. Select appropriate educational technology tools based on your learning objectives and activity/assessment.
  5. Develop accessible course materials and assessments.
  6. Organize your course to intentionally guide your learners in successfully meeting the learning objectives.
  7. Develop an inclusive syllabus tailored to your student demographic.

What are the topics?

  • Module 0: Getting Started
  • Module 1: Laying the Foundations for Course Design
  • Module 2: Course Vision and Objectives
  • Module 3: Assessments and Rubrics
  • Module 4: Content Curation and Learning Activities
  • Module 5: Course Organization and Instructor Presence
  • Module 6: Syllabus and Course Introduction
  • Module 7: Course Development Time

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