Course Design In Higher Education: Distance Education Program

Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE)

This is a pathway option to complete the Course Design in Higher Education endorsement.

Instructors who wish to design significant, effective, and assessable learning opportunities can benefit from ongoing practice and support with preparation through intensive training in student-centered course design. In this Course Design in Higher Education pathway, you will receive expert support in learning and applying the backward design process. This endorsement provides participants with the tools, time and support they need as they work to build or rebuild effective, student-centered courses.

With one-on-one support from an ODEE instructional designer, faculty who are planning courses in Ohio State’s fully online programs go through a semester-long course-design process that culminates in a written course plan, online course website and materials, and an evaluation of the course based on key characteristics of online teaching.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the process of backward design to create or revise a course.
  • Evaluate the design of an online course based on key components of effective online instruction
  • Identify strategies and source of course assessment information for making ongoing updates and revisions to improve the course.
Participation Requirements

To be considered for an endorsement, a faculty participant would need to:

  • Have a course scheduled, through an MOU with ODEE, to have course design support during an upcoming semester
  • Engage in an orientation/intake conversation with the ODEE Distance Education team
  • Participate in an intitial in-depth brainstorm meeting with an instructional designer and educational technologist
  • Meet weekly, on average (at least 10 times), during the semester
  • Have a hand-off meeting at the end of the course-design process with a collaborative preliminary evaluation of the course based on ODEE's course-quality rubric
  • Teach the online course at least once
  • Meet for a 1-hour reflection and assessment meeting with an ODEE staff member
Required Hours
Timeline for Completion
1 academic term, plus the weeks immediately before and after