Course Design in Higher Education: Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)

Digital Learning, Office of Academic Affairs

Designing an online course can be challenging for even the most successful, experienced instructors. During this 5-week asynchronous course, you will work with expert facilitators and a cohort of engaged peers through the backward design process. You will incorporate evidence-based practice and Universal Design principles to plan an effective, inclusive course that meets Ohio State's expectations for quality online learning.  

Throughout Designing Your Online Course (DYOC), you will spend 3-5 hours each week on course activities: exploring the instructional content of each page; completing the planning, design, and reflection activities in each module; providing feedback for and collaborating with fellow attendees; and ultimately building a course blueprint that captures the major design elements for your course. 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 the ongoing resources to efficiently move your course plan into action.   

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify a course structure that supports the learning you prioritize most
  • Choose online teaching and learning strategies to create a welcoming and equitable learning environment
  • Explore the online tools and technology that best align to your course priorities 
Participation Requirements

To be considered eligible for the endorsement, you must have:

  • Completed all 5 modules of DYOC in Carmen
  • Completed all assignments
  • Attended at least one brief synchronous CarmenZoom meeting

Attendance is limited to 12 participants each semester. 

To browse upcoming offerings, visit the learning opportunities feed in the Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Contact the Educator Professional Learning team if you have questions about these offerings or your eligibility to apply for endorsement.

Learn more about all endorsement programs provided by Digital Learning in the Office of Academic Affairs on their Endorsements for Educators page.



The final teaching endorsement application will require you to upload a BuckeyeLearn certificate for Designing Your Online Course.

View instructions to access BuckeyeLearn certificates here.

Required Hours
Timeline for Completion
1 semester