Design Your Course

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Building effective instruction involves multiple tasks, but planning is one of the most critical. For online courses, planning is especially important because even under the best of circumstances, online learners often struggle with understanding what’s expected of them; at a distance, they can get unbelievably frustrated (or worse) and stop trying. That’s one of the best reasons for using a systematic approach to planning your instruction. – Patti Shank, PhD (Faculty Focus)


Start with Learning Outcomes

The online course planning process typically includes identification of learning outcomes, assessment design, and selection of content and activities that promote student engagement. Selection (or development) of course materials, technology and delivery options (Zoom, Moodle, etc.)​ complete the planning​. The last steps in course design are to deliver and reflect on the course experience and make revisions if necessary.

Visit other pages of this website for more information on developing online courses: Engage Your StudentsMonitor & Give feedbackAssess Your Students, and Explore Technology.

Course Design Resources

Design for All Types of Learners

For students with accommodations through the Student AccessAbility Centre (SAAC):

STEM Lab & Course Design Resources


Last Modified: October 19, 2020