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Designing Your Courses

Online Course Design Best Practices

The online courses design best practices page looks at how to overcome obstacles to teaching online, addresses feedback from 2020 spring semester students, and provides faculty with resources for creating online courses.

Learning Outcomes

Instructors create learning outcomes to define what they want students to learn: the big questions, concepts, skills, and content areas. Clarifying and updating your learning outcomes will help you as you plan for the fall 2020 semester, when some students will be online for part or all of the time, and make ongoing adjustments as conditions change. The learning outcomes page looks at how these changes might affect your course outcomes and how to clearly articulate the new learning outcomes.

Backward Design

The backward design page describes how to map out your course by working backward—starting with what students need to learn, proceeding through assessments, and ending with learning activities.


How will you know what students have learned in your course? The assessment page describes possibilities for a range of assignments, including options for transforming assessments to suit the online environment.