The Learning and Teaching Center offers workshops, seminars, and faculty learning communities to help faculty with course design. Additionally, the Distance Learning Design Seminar is offered each semester to assist faculty in online course design as required by the UCBA Distance Learning Policy.
Course Design Tutorials
- If you can't be part of one of the course design seminars, you can work through this tutorial created by Barabara Tewksbury and her colleagues: Online Course Redesign
- This PDF slideshow reviews the Backward Design process outlined by Wiggins and McTighe and in their book Understanding by Design: Introduction to Backwards Design
Quality Matters recommends the following elements for effective course introduction. (Download PDF version.)
- Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.
- Learners are introduced to the purpose and structure of the course.
- Etiquette expectations (sometimes called “netiquette”) for online discussions, email, and other forms of communication are clearly stated.
- Course and/or institutional policies with which the learner is expected to comply are clearly stated, or a link to current policies is provided.
- Minimum technology requirements are clearly stated and instructions for use provided.
- Prerequisite knowledge in the discipline and/or any required competencies are clearly stated.
- Minimum technical skills expected of the learner are clearly stated.
- The self-introduction by the instructor is appropriate and is available online.
- Learners are asked to introduce themselves to the class.
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