Online Course Design Basics

The content linked below has been curated to help with the basic design elements for an online course. Pages may include links to related and more advanced content on the topic.

Course Conceptualization

From your foundation of learning objectives to the initial design considerations.

Tools & Templates for Design

High-level design decisions involve mapping out the course structure, establishing a pattern for students to manage their learning experience, and more. These tools and templates will help you manage the design of your course.

Creating Community

Community-building from getting to know each other to maintaining regular interactions throughout a course.

Inclusive Learning

Create a course that reflects the learning community and that can be accessed by the whole learning community.

Syllabus and Course Information

Creating a syllabus and schedule to guide your online course.


How to balance academic rigor and estimate the time investment of students.

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