Designing Your Online Course

June 13, 2022 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

Designing your online course can be challenging for even the most successful, experienced instructors. Participants of this 5 week, fully asynchronous course will work with expert facilitators from the Drake Institute and the Office of Technology and Digitial Innovation and a cohort of engaged peers through the backward design process with support and encouragement, incorporating evidence-based practice and universal design principles to plan an effective, inclusive course that will meet Ohio State's expectations for quality online learning.

Throughout the DYOC, participants spend roughly 3-5 hours each week to articulate meaningful course goals and outcomes; design aligned, authentic assignments that promote online academic integrity; identify a content structure that supports the learning they prioritize most; and choose online teaching and learning strategies to create a welcoming and equitable learning environment. Finally, participants explore the online tools and technology that best align to their own course priorities.

While this course does NOT focus on the skills for any particular online teaching tool, it will leave you with a comprehensive course blueprint and connect you with ongoing resources to efficiently move your course plan into action. 

Dates: June 13 - July 15

Participants will:

  • Design an effective online course using backward design
  • Appreciate the constraints and affordances of online courses
  • Approach online course design from a student-centered perspective

Learning Outcomes

Instructors will be able to:

  • Articulate meaningful course goals
  • Align measurable outcomes with course goals
  • Create opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of outcomes
  • Organize content to support assignments
  • Plan multi-modal opportunities for students to engage through a variety of online interactions
  • Evaluate online courses using university guidelines
  • Describe the setup, mechanics, and constraints of typical types of online courses
  • Identify opportunities for using technology in the context of how people learn
  • Choose inclusive and representative content
  • Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning and Design Justice in the design of course assignments and activities
  • Intentionally implement elements of inclusive teaching that support a positive online learning environment

You may register here.

If you have registered for this event, or are on the waitlist and require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate, please contact Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the event, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

All members of the university community are welcome in Drake Institute activities, programs, services, and employment —regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

Institute for Teaching and Learning programming is offered in accordance with university guidelines associated with in-person and remote activities. The Institute will inform registrants of delivery modifications should those guidelines change.

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