Course Design in Higher Education: EHE Course Design Institute

College of Education and Human Ecology

Shifting a course online can be daunting. How do you create a sense of belonging in a digital space? How might you translate your favorite in-person activity into an online activity? And how do you use CarmenCanvas, the Internet, and digital tools to bring your course to life? 

Join the College of Education and Human Ecology's Distance Education and Learning Design (DELD) team for our course design institute. A supportive, hands-on learning experience, the institute focuses on design and pedagogy; media and tools; building a course in CarmenCanvas; and facilitating learning online. Participants learn in a small group setting and receive individual assistance reimagining their in-person course into a vibrant online learning experience

Learning Outcomes

After completing the EHE Course Design Instittue, participants will, amongst other things, be able to:

  • Identify how their philosophy manifests itself in their course design, facilitation decisions, activities, assessments, and other course elements.
  • Write measurable module-level and course-level learning objectives and then map the module-level learning objectives onto course-level learning objectives.
  • Build an accessible, inclusive course using approaches such as universal design for learning.
  • Create and sustain class community online by using different strategies, including introductory activities, audio and video feedback, mid-semester activities, and virtual office hours.
  • Use CarmenCanvas’ functionality, such as the calendar, Speedgrader, gradebook, and peer review, to facilitate an effective online learning experience for students.
Participation Requirements

The course design institute participants must be affiliated with the College of Education and Human Ecology. Participants must either be moving an in-person or hybrid course to a fully online course, or they must be building a new course online.



The final teaching endorsement application will require you to upload a completion of criteria document from the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Required Hours
Timeline for Completion
Minimum of 2 weeks; flexible options available