Course Design for Online Courses

Design Model for development of blended courses

Designing Online Courses

As with face-to-face courses, quality online courses require careful planning and sound pedagogy. It can be challenging to know where to begin and how much is enough. Instructors (and their students) sometimes struggle with too much course content and activities, since it’s so easy to link to rich, wonderful, interesting online resources.

The “Designing Online Courses” Quick-Start topics provide a framework for planning and designing a quality online course. Each topic provides research-based best practices and instructional design strategies and resources. Review the following important topics to learn more:

Each of these brief topics provides an overview along with practical strategies and useful resources. If you need more information and want to explore further, links to recommended Deep-Dive Topics are also provided at the end of each topic.

Visit the DesignTeachEngage website for more resources on how to design and teach quality online courses.

Note: These topics are organized and aligned with the Quality Matters Standards (Trouble viewing this document? View our instructions for logging in with Google Apps). What is Quality Matters? It is a faculty-centered, peer-review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. UW-Madison is an institutional subscriber to Quality Matters so that faculty and instructional staff can use the nationally-recognized Quality Matters Rubric as a guide to develop and evaluate their own online course design. The Deep-Dive Topics for each of these brief topics provide more information about each standard. To access all of Quality Matters resources, including the rubric and course review tools, UW-Madison employees can create a Quality Matters account.